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              :::syyyyysooooosyyysssssssyyyyyyyydNNdyyyyyyNNN
                 hNNdhhyssoooosssssssssyyyssssssdNNmyyyyyyddd
                 hNNNNNNNNh::oNNNNNNNNNNNNo/////yNNNNNNNNd```
              +oomNNNNNdyyo::/yyyNNNNNNyyy/:::::yNNNNNNNNmooo
              mNNNNNNNNy:::::://+NNNNNN/::///:::sNNNNNNNNNNNN
              mNNo//hNNs-----/mmd::::::---hmm+---::oNNd::/NNN
              mNN+::shh+...../NNm.........dNN+...../hhs..:NNN
              mNN+::-......../NNm.........dNN+...........:NNN
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                 hNNy++/::::::///////////////::::::/++ohhy   
                 hNNNNNs:::::+NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNo:::::oNNh```   
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              mNN/..-::yNNh::-..:NNN---::::::ymmo..`         
              mNNyoo:..sNNdooooosNNN---+oossshdds++-         
           ```dNNNNNo--sNNNNNNNNNNNN:::mNNNNNyoohNNy```      
           hhh//////yddmNNh/////+NNN+++ssssss+::yNNmhhs      
           NNN:--///yddmNNh///--:NNN+++++++++/::smmmNNh      
           NNN/::dNN+..sNNNNNd::/NNN---------/oooooyNNh      
           :::yhho++:../oooooshhhyyy+++++++++ydds::+yyyyys   
              hmm+::::://////ommd++++++++++++hmmo--:++sNNm   
              ```hNNNNNNNNNNNh------------------.  `--/NNm   
                 /oodNNmhhhhhy///////////////oss/``.../NNm   
                    sNNhooooooooooooooooooooodNNs-----/mmd   
                    sNNhoooooooosmmmmmmmmmsoossshmmmmmy...   
                    +yyyyyyyyyoosdddNNNdddsoosyydNNmyyo      
                       oNNNNNmooooooNNNsooooodNNNNNs         
                 /ooooohNNmhhyssymmmNNNmmmyssyhhmNNdoo/      
           ......shhhhhdddhyyyyyhNNNNNNNNNhyyyyyhdddhhs......
           yyyyyymNNNNNo  :yyhNNNNNNyyyNNNNNNdyy/  /NNmyyyyyy
           ::::::ydddddyssymmmNNNdddyyydddNNNmmmhssyddy::::::
                 oyyyyydNNNNNNNNNyyyyyyyyymNNNNNNNNmyyo  
    
        
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Super Smash Bros. Brawl                                                        
  Nintendo Wii                                                                 
  Ness Guide                                                                   
                                                                               
Document Version: 5.00
                                                                               
By Topher Tweten [dragon_eye398@hotmail.com]                                   
       AKA                                                                     
   NostalgicX, SuperNova, NOVA                                                

                                                                               
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-  TABLE OF CONTENTS  -                                                       
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· 01. LEGAL AGREEMENTS
                                                                               
· 02. INTRODUCTION
                                                                               
· 03. SMASH TERMS
                                                                               
· 04. MISC INFORMATION
     (04A. Entrance)
     (04B. Idle Animations)
     (04C. Costumes)
     (04D. Taunts)
                                                                               
· 05. STANDARD TECHNIQUES
     (05A. Shield)
     (05B. Power Shield)
     (05C. Spot Dodge)
     (05D. Dodge Roll)
     (05E. Air Dodge)
     (05F. Tech/Ukemi)
     (05G. Crouching)
                                                                               
· 06. ADVANCED TECHNIQUES
     (06A. Fox Trot)
     (06B. Pivot)
       [06B1. Pivot Slide]
       [06B2. Pivot Grab]
     (06C. Reverse Aerial Rush)
     (06D. Hyphen Smash)
     (06E. Absorb Cancel)
     (06F. PK Thunder 2 Barrier)
                                                                               
· 07. MOVELIST
     (07A. Tilts)
     (07B. Smash Attacks)
     (07C. Aerials)
     (07D. Specials)
     (07E. Throws)
     (07F. Other Attacks)
     (07G. Final Smash)
                                                                               
· 08. HISTORY OF ATTACKS
     (08A. PK Flash)
     (08B. PK Fire)
     (08C. PK Thunder)
     (08D. PSI Magnet)
     (08E. PSI Brainshock)
     (08F. PK Starstorm)
                                                                               
· 09. COMBO STRATEGIES
     (09A. Juggling)
     (09B. Throws)
     (09C. Basic Combos)
     (09D. Inescapable Chains)
                                                                               
· 10. FINISHERS
     (10A. Smash Attacks)
     (10B. Aerials)
     (10C. PK Cannonball)
     (10D. Throws)
                                                                               
· 11. VS MODE CHARACTER STRATEGIES
     (11AA. Mario)
     (11AB. Donkey Kong)
     (11AC. Link)
     (11AD. Samus)
     (11AE. Kirby)
     (11AF. Fox)
     (11AG. Pikachu)
     (11AH. Marth)
     (11AI. Mr. Game & Watch)
                                                                               
     (11AJ. Luigi)
     (11AK. Diddy Kong)
     (11AL. Zelda/Sheik)
     (11AM. Pit)
     (11AN. Metaknight)
     (11AO. Falco)
     (11AP. Pokemon Trainer)
       [11AP1. Squirtle]
       [11AP2. Ivysaur]
       [11AP3. Charizard]
     (11AQ. Ike)
     (11AR. Snake)
       [11AR1. Codec Transmission]
                                                                               
     (11AS. Peach)
     (11AT. Yoshi)
     (11AU. Ganondorf)
     (11AV. Ice Climbers)
     (11AW. King Dedede)
     (11AX. Wolf)
     (11AY. Lucario)
     (11AZ. Ness)
     (11BA. Sonic)
                                                                               
     (11BB. Bowser)
     (11BC. Wario)
     (11BD. Toon Link)
     (11BE. ROB)
     (11BF. Olimar)
     (11BG. Captain Falcon)
     (11BH. Jigglypuff)
     (11BI. Lucas)
                                                                               
· 12. VS MODE STAGE STRATEGIES
     (12AA. 75m)
     (12AB. Battlefield)
     (12AC. Bridge of Eldin)
     (12AD. Castle Siege)
     (12AE. Delfino Plaza)
     (12AF. Distant Planet)
     (12AG. Final Destination)
     (12AH. Flat Zone 2)
     (12AI. Frigate Orpheon)
     (12AJ. Green Hill Zone)
     (12AK. Halberd)
     (12AL. Hanenbow)
     (12AM. Luigi's Mansion)
     (12AN. Lylat Cruise)
     (12AO. Mario Bros.)
     (12AP. Mario Circuit)
     (12AQ. Mushroomy Kingdom)
       [12AQ1. Ground]
       [12AQ2. Underground]
     (12AR. New Pork City)
     (12AS. Norfair)
     (12AT. Picto Chat)
     (12AU. Pirate Ship)
     (12AV. Pokemon Stadium 2)
     (12AW. Port Town Aero Dive)
     (12AX. Rumble Falls)
     (12AY. Shadow Moses Island)
     (12AZ. Skyworld)
     (12BA. Smashville)
     (12BB. Spear Pillar)
     (12BC. Summit)
     (12BD. WarioWare Inc.)
     (12BE. Yoshi's Island)
                                                                               
     (12CA. Big Blue)
     (12CB. Brinstar)
     (12CC. Corneria)
     (12CD. Green Greens)
     (12CE. Jungle Japes)
     (12CF. Onett)
     (12CG. Pokemon Stadium)
     (12CH. Rainbow Cruise)
     (12CI. Hyrule Temple)
     (12CJ. Yoshi's Island)
                                                                               
· 13. CLASSIC MODE
     (13A. Versus One)
     (13B. Tag Team)
     (13C. Versus Three)
     (13D. Giant Battle)
     (13E. Metal Battle)
     (13F. Break the Targets)
     (13G. BOSS: Master Hand + Crazy Hand)
                                                                               
· 14. ALL-STAR MODE
                                                                               
· 15. STADIUM
     (15A. Break the Targets)
       [15A1. Level One]
       [15A2. Level Two]
       [15A3. Level Three]
       [15A4. Level Four]
       [15A5. Level Five]
                                                                               
     (15B. Homerun Contest)
                                                                               
     (15C. Multi-Man Brawl)
       [15C1. 10 Man Brawl]
       [15C2. 100 Man Brawl]
       [15C3. 3 Minute Brawl]
       [15C4. 15 Minute Brawl]
       [15C5. Endless Brawl]
       [15C6. Cruel Brawl]
                                                                               
     (15D. Boss Battles)
       [15D01. Petey]
       [15D02. Master Hand]
       [15D03. Crazy Hand]
       [15D04. Metaridley]
       [15D05. Ridley]
       [15D06. Duon]
       [15D07. Galleom]
       [15D08. Porky]
       [15D09. Rayquaza]
       [15D10. Tabuu]
                                                                               
· 16. VERSION HISTORY
                                                                               
· 17. CREDITS
       [17A. Special Thanks]
       [17B. Help From]
       [17C. References]
       [17D. Websites]
                                                                               
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      and/or letter combination and hit Control+F then paste it. You'll
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-                            02. INTRODUCTION                                 -
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This is basically your generic fighting game character guide. Not that Smash
is generic, so you'll get a spice of variety. His full movelist in detail,
stage strategies, and my tips on how to get the most out of your attacks.
Along with these, I'll also explain how to fight every character in the game
and how to succeed in every Single Player mode of the game.
                                                                               
In the past, Ness was the most powerful character out there, but that was way
back in 1999. His throws were unmatched, and the Step Kick was amazing. Then
came Melee. Ness was majorly nerfed and his gameplay drastically changed.
Ness came from being a god to an aerial master. Brawl is similar to his Melee
version, but plays a bit more like his 64 days. Between Melee and Brawl, there
was mass confusion as to whether Ness would return. Especially after Lucas
was announced, many thought he would be replaced. The Dojo is a lie!
"Up until now.." was a hoax (Y)
                                                                               
In Brawl, Ness is a relatively small character who packs a punch. He isn't
too light considering his size, but can be KO'd at lower percents if you don't
use proper directional influence. Generally, Ness has a higher learning curve
when playing at higher levels of gameplay, but for strategies against cpus or
casual players, you could pick him up at ease.
                                                                               
To unlock Ness (It's not that hard), simply do one of the following:
                                                                               
· Play 5 Matches of Brawl + Defeat Ness
· Reflect 10 Projectiles  + Defeat Ness
· Get Ness to join your party in The Subspace Emissary
                                                                               
Before we get into the FAQ itself, I think it'd be best to point out major
flaws and strengths involved with playing with Ness. This would probably be
you're deciding point in choosing to main him.
                                                                               
                                                                               
          +--------------------------+-------------------------+
          |      ADVANTAGES          |       DISADVANTAGES     |
          +--------------------------+-------------------------+
          |                          |                         |
          | · Great aerial attacks   | · High learning curve   | 
          | · Easy to rack up %      | · Tough to KO at times  |
          | · Many recovery options  | · Easily edgehogged     |
          | · Absorption with v+B    | · Lightweight           |
          |                          |                         |
          +--------------------------+-------------------------+
                                                                               
                                                                               
Trophy Description:
An average boy whose life changed when he found a meteor and an alien on a
nearby mountain. The alien warned him of a future threat, and adventure
ensued. He can use psychic energy known as PSI and also wields a bat and a
yo-yo. This brave youth gives his all to defeat the evil Giygas.
                                                                               
Earthbound (Super Nintendo) 
Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 64)
                                                                               
Dojo Description:
Despite being a hidden character, Ness pops up briefly in the opening movie.
                                                                               
As this is Ness's third appearance in a Smash game, I imagine he's quite the 
veteran fighter at this point. Maybe he's even used to this by now.
                                                                               
                                                                               
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AERIALS
· Throughout this guide, I will refer to Aerial Attacks like so:
  1. Nair: Neutral Aerial
  2. Dair: Down Aerial
  3. Uair: Up Aerial
  4. Fair: Forward Aerial
  5. Bair: Back Aerial
                                                                               
CHAIN/COMBO
· Using several attacks in succession to hit an enemy
                                                                               
CHAINGRAB
· Using several grabs/throws in succession to hit an enemy
                                                                               
DIRECTIONAL INFLUENCE (DI)
· Holding the directional stick to decrease the knockback of an attack
                                                                               
EDGEHOG
· Grabbing the ledge so that someone else can't, causing them to fall
  helplessly to their death.
                                                                               
EDGEGUARD
· Attacking someone trying to recover
                                                                               
FAST FALL
· Tapping the control stick down at the peak of a jump. This causes the player
  to fall much faster than normally.
                                                                               
FINISHER
· Any attack that has KO potential
                                                                               
GLANCING BLOWS
· This is when an attack barely hits your opponent. The attack will have no
  knockback and the opponent get minimal damage.
                                                                               
KNOCKBACK
· The distance an opponent travels when hit by an attack
                                                                               
LAG
· The amount of time spent after using an attack where you cannot 
  perform actions
                                                                               
METEOR SMASH
· An aerial attack where an opponent is smashed down very fast
                                                                               
PRIORITY
· Every attack has a certain amount of priority assigned. This basically 
  just means that if you use a powerful attack while your opponent 
  uses a weaker one, the strong attack will hit and the weaker one gets 
  cancelled out.
                                                                               
PROJECTILE CAMPING
· Like camping, the player stays in a single area and uses projectile attacks
  from afar. 
                                                                               
  Example: Fox stays on one side of Final Destination and fires lasers
                                                                               
RECOVERY
· An attempt midair, using your second and third (Up+B) jumps to return to
  the stage. 
                                                                               
  Official Description from the Smash Bros DOJO!!:
                                                                               
  After an enemy sends you flying really far, it seems like all that's 
  left is for you to fall. But you must never give up hope!
                                                                               
SEX KICK
· Any attack that gets weaker over time. These attacks generally have a single
  animation and the corresponding hitbox gets smaller as the attack stays out.
                                                                               
SMASH
· To perform a Smash Attack, tap the control stick quickly and press A
                                                                               
  Throughout the guide, I will refer to Tilt Attacks like so:
  1. Fsmash: Forward Smash
  2. Usmash: Up Smash
  3. Dsmash: Down Smash
                                                                               
SWEETSPOT
· The best part of an attack to hit with
  ie. Ness' bair is best closer to his body
                                                                               
TETHER
· A type of recovery move where the player attaches themselves by a rope
  or 'tether' cord to the ledge.

THROWS
· To perform a Throw, press the Z button while in close vicinity of your
  opponent and tap any direction once you have grabbed them.

  Throughout the guide, I will refer to throws like so:
  1. Fthrow: Forward Throw
  2. Bthrow: Backward Throw
  3. Uthrow: Upward Throw
  4. Dthrow: Downward Throw
                                                                               
TILT
· To perform a Tilt Attack, tap the control stick slightly and press A
                                                                               
  Throughout the guide, I will refer to Tilt Attacks like so:
  1. Ftilt: Forward Tilt
  2. Utilt: Up Tilt
  3. Dtilt: Down Tilt
                                                                               
                                                                               
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This is basically just a section for random information that I didn't know
where I could put it. Some used to be in the introduction, but that wasn't
really a good place for them. Enjoy! x)
                                                                               
+--------------------+
|  (04A) . Entrance  |
+--------------------+
                                                                               
Ness misuses a PSI Teleport. His hair gets all fried up like what happens
in Earthbound if you hit an obstacle while trying to use the Teleport.
                                                                               
+---------------------------+
|  (04B) . Idle Animations  |
+---------------------------+
                                                                               
Not necessarily something that is useful, but whenever you leave
your character be for a certain amount of time (not sure how long this is)
they will go into one of 2 different animations. Here is a basic description
of what Ness will do, along with a link of a picture of them. :]
                                                                               
· Ness looks around in a ready stance as if someone were watching him.
  http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/1116/nessidleuj3.jpg
                                                                               
· Ness focuses his PSI energy? Looks more like a facepalm to me. x)
  http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/4894/nessidle2ji1.jpg
                                                                               
+--------------------+
|  (04C) . Costumes  |
+--------------------+
                                                                               
Ness was lucky enough to get new costume changes that aren't just
new palettes of stripes. They aren't complete texture changes, but
it's something. There are two of them, featuring plain coloured shirts 
with different coloured sleeves.
                                                                               
Classic/Red Team
· Red Hat with Blue tip
· Yellow + Blue Striped Shirt
                                                                               
New Costume 1
· White Hat with Red tip
· White Shirt with Red Sleeves
                                                                               
Bumblebee Ness
· Yellow Hat with Black tip
· Yellow + Black Striped Shirt
                                                                               
Green Team Ness
· Green Hat with Orange tip
· Green + Orange Striped Shirt
                                                                               
Blue Team Ness
· Blue Hat with Purple tip
· Blue + Yellow Striped Shirt
                                                                               
New Costume 2 (Slick Ness)
· Pink Hat with Black tip
· Pure Black Shirt with Mr. Saturn Sprite
                                                                               
+------------------+
|  (04D) . Taunts  |
+------------------+
                                                                               
Hey, it's important to annoy your opponent too, right? OKAY!
                                                                               
· Up: Okay!
· Side: Bat Pose
· Down: Waves PK energy with hand
· Down+B: PSI Magnet is a great taunt for opponents without projectiles
                                                                               
Use your Up Taunt when you're far away or even between juggles to really
annoy your enemies. Not much else to say here. =P 
                                                                               
Update: I was actually asked by a few people what I wrote as my taunts,
so here they are!
                                                                               
Up: You must recover!
Front: SMAAAASH!!
Back: BROOKLYN
      RAAAAGE!
Down: It's super effective!
                                                                               
                                                                               
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+------------------+
|  (05A) . Shield  |
+------------------+
                                                                               
Performance:
To use your shield, just tap L or R and a bubble will appear around your
character. If you hold your shield up, it will gradually get smaller
and smaller until it finally gives in. At this point, you will lose
consciousness and will be prone to attacks for a few seconds.
                                                                               
Effect:
If you use your shield, you can block your enemy's attacks. After which,
you could use a follow-up attack or do a number of things to counter.
Learning the timing of shielding is essential to winning your matches and
you'll want to be able to react to attacks in time to shield. With these
muscle reflexes at hand, blocking attacks will later become your highest
priority, right up there with dodging attacks in the first place with
unpredictable movements. In addition to keeping your shield out for long
periods of time, it will also diminish if you block an attack. Several
attacks will break your shield, so be careful not to use it too often.
                                                                               
Application:
Timing is key when using your shield and it can aid you in several ways.
One of which is the fact that you can block projectiles instead of having
to get out of its way and leaving yourself in the open for another attack.
After shielding a melee attack, it is a very easy counter to use a tilt
or even a regular jab combo to knock your opponent away for easy percent.
Aside from just blocking and countering, you could also use the opportunity
of being at such close range to grab your enemy.
                                                                               
While in the shield, there are also two other options you have for a surprise
attack: shield grabs and shield jumps. Shield grabs are performed by pressing
the A button while inside a shield. This saves quite a bit of the opening lag
time for a grab and is actually much safer to do when compared to a regular
grab. I suggest you shield grab immediately after blocking an attack. As your
other option, shield jumping can actually benefit a Ness player quite nicely.
If you tap the jump button while in your shield, you can quickly switch from
your defensive position and go straight for an aerial.
                                                                               
+------------------------+
|  (05B) . Power Shield  |
+------------------------+
                                                                               
Performance:
Tap your shield at the exact same frame of an attack.
                                                                               
Effect:
If you power shield a projectile attack, you will actually deflect it back
at your enemy. The timing has to be PERFECT for this to happen.
                                                                               
Application:
This works well against characters with a one-shot powerful projectile.
ie. ROB's Laser & Lucario's Aura Sphere
                                                                               
If you can get the timing of a Power Shield (Also called Perfect Shielding)
down, you can really throw off your opponent, who is most likely camping.
If your timing is off, then you'll have successfully shielded the attack
anyways. Don't even worry about practicing this bad boy, it's almost
impossible to learn to do.
                                                                               
+----------------------+
|  (05C) . Spot Dodge  |
+----------------------+
                                                                               
Performance:
Hold/tap L or R and move the control stick downwards simultaneously.
                                                                               
Effect:
You'll end up moving to the side (towards/away from the screen itself)
and dodging any attack in the process.
                                                                               
Application:
Use it on strong projectiles. Use it on weak projectiles. Just be sure
that your timing is right and you can dodge just about anything with it.
The only thing to watch for is multiple hit Smash Attacks. For example,
Diddy Kong's fsmash has 3 hitboxes and you might not be able to dodge
all 3 hits. The biggest use for spot dodging would have to be dodging
forward smashes and tilts at close range. Once you dodge one, your opponent
will be in the ending animation and lag, giving you plenty of time to react
and counter with a Smash Attack of your own.
                                                                               
+----------------------+
|  (05D) . Dodge Roll  |
+----------------------+
                                                                               
Performance:
Hold/tap L or R and move the Control Stick left or right
                                                                               
Effect:
You'll go from your shield and literally just roll on the ground in the
direction you pressed. When you're rolling, you can't be hit until the
rolling animation is up. It's basically like a cheap dodging technique
that everyone uses and abuses.
                                                                               
Application:
Ness has poor ground game, so rolling is more or less strictly for dodging
your opponent attacks and keeping your distance. However, it is not only
possible, but very effective to roll behind an opponent and use a 3 Jab
Combo attack. Most other characters could use this same method, but replace
the Jab Combo with a Smash Attack. Since Ness has a very unique usmash and
dsmash, this is not the case. I strongly suggest using the Jab Combo or
any of your tilts.
                                                                               
+---------------------+
|  (05E) . Air Dodge  |
+---------------------+
                                                                               
Performance:
Press L or R while in the air.
                                                                               
Effect:
Just like a spot dodge, your character will be able to avoid all attacks
for a slim amount of time. 
                                                                               
Application:
Air dodges have changed since Melee. Back in the day, we used to be able to 
mash a direction while air dodging to dodge wherever we wanted. In Brawl...
this isn't quite the case. Air dodges will only allow you to continue in
whatever direction you were going with brief invulnerability. Any momentum
you previously had will just stay with you. This basic technique is useful
when your opponent is edgeguarding and also for trying to get back to the
stage after being hit with an usmash.
                                                                               
+----------------------+
|  (05F) . Tech/Ukemi  |
+----------------------+
                                                                               
Performance:
Press L or R upon contact with a surface after being hit by an attack
                                                                               
Effect:
After being hit with an attack and you come in contact with a surface, you
will usually take a while to get back up and in control. If you tech the
surface, you can come back into control in an instant.
                                                                               
Application:
After a tech, you can hit right or left to roll. This roll is actually longer
than your normal dodge roll and is also referred to as techrolling. Another
neat thing about teching is that you can do it on ANY surface, not just the
ground. This especially helps if you've been pinned against a wall or if 
you've been smashed into a ceiling. Just be sure to remember that if you tech
against a wall/ceiling, you won't get up like a regular tech and you'll have
to recover like usual. Whatever surface you tech on is the technical term
for what kind of tech you did. Like say you teched on a wall, that's called
a walltech. The rarest and most difficult place to tech on is the ledge and
it is very respected if you can do so in a serious match.
                                                                               
+---------------------+
|  (05G) . Crouching  |
+---------------------+
                                                                               
Performance:
Hold down on the control stick.
                                                                               
Effect:
Simple. Crouching is used for dodging certain attacks. Ness is short enough
that there are quite a few attacks that can be dodged just by tapping down.
                                                                               
Application:
Ness' crouch is very low compared to most characters, so you'll want to put
this to use. Crouching under attacks is the quickest way to dodge them, and
you can get in followup attacks like nothing. What I usually do is crouch,
dtilt, then utilt. This way, your opponent is in the air and guess what? You
just got some easy damage. Noteworthy attacks that you can dodge by crouching
include Falco's Lasers, ROB's fmsash and Ike's bair.
                                                                               
                                                                               
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-                            06. ADVANCED TECHNIQUES                          -
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|  (06A) . Fox Trot  |
+--------------------+
                                                                               
Performance: 
Do an initial dash, then do another immediately afterward without 
any running. Can be repeated many times in a row.
                                                                               
Effect: 
Character does several initial dashes. A component of the True Pivot, 
useful for little else as it exacerbates the probability of tripping.
                                                                               
Application:
Ness' overall running speed is pretty weak compared to a multitude of other
characters. Fox trotting gives Ness the edge he needs to approach characters
that is further away. This AT also opens up to other strategies, explained
below.
                                                                               
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|  (06B) . Pivot  |
+-----------------+
                                                                               
Performance: 
After a dash (preferably during a Fox-Trot), start a 2nd initial 
dash. Before the second dash animation begins, move the joystick 
in the opposite direction you're dashing and perform any move. 
C-stick can be used instead of a rapid joystick reversal and makes 
the Pivot-Smashing much easier.
                                                                               
Effect: 
Character stops in place, turns around, and uses the move you input. 
Different from the Melee Pivot in that it is less versatile and can only 
be performed out of an initial dash.
                                                                               
Application: 
There are two main techniques which I personally use that are quite
effective as a Ness player: Pivot Slides and Pivot Grabs.
                                                                               
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-  06B1. Pivot Slide  -
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Performance:
This AT is performed by dashing, then performing a pivot, but holding 
forward a little bit after the pivot. It's different for every character, but
while you turn around and start moving forward, there is a window that you 
can cancel the pivot into a something. 
                                                                               
Effect:
With the right timing, after pivoting and moving forward just a bit, do a 
forward smash in the opposite direction, and your character will perform a 
slide while smashing!
                                                                               
Application:
Since Ness' usmash can damage while charging, you can slide towards an enemy 
and the yo-yo will connect immediately. After this point, you can let it 
go for easy multiple hits. Most players know roughly the range of the 
attack, but with this extra boost, you can throw them off guard. Aside from
using an usmash to get your opponent into the air, you can also use this
technique as a way to set yourself up for your fsmash. The Bat can be a
deadly thing and with a little bit of extra range, you can obliterate.
                                                                               
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-  06B2. Pivot Grab  -
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Performance: 
While running, press Shield + A + backwards (on the joystick) 
or Grab + Backwards simultaneously.
                                                                               
Effect:
Character turns around 180 degrees and does a backwards-aimed Grab while 
sliding in the direction of the initial run.
                                                                               
Application:
Ness' grab range is horrible. This fixes that. 'Nuff said.
                                                                                
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|  (06C) . Reverse Aerial Rush  |
+-------------------------------+
                                                                               
Performance:
Tap the directional pad/stick towards your opponent to do a dash. When 
you're coming closer to them, tap the opposite direction to pivot. 
Afterwards, do a jump (short hop would be best), and you can use your 
bair at this point. Pivoting during a dash keeps the momentum of the dash, 
but you can set yourself up for the attack at ease. This technique is also 
misinterpreted as Moonwalking, but this is slightly different from that
Advanced Technique. For more information on the Moonwalk, feel free to
contact me. Otherwise, here's how to RAR:
                                                                               
A = Opponent         Note: This doesn't exactly best represent the
X = Ness                   technique, but it gives you an idea. If
<> = Directions            anyone can make a better diagram in ASCII
                           let me know and I'll include it here.
                                                                               
1)  A             X
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2)  A     X <  <  <     
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3)  A  > X 
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4)   > X
    A   
   ------------------
                                                                               
5)  AX <
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Effect:
You should be able to perform a bair while moving forwards.
                                                                               
Application:
Ness has sub-par ground game, and this is a technique that can help with that.
It is really important to learn if you want to play an offensive game since
you can approach just about anyone with this. Approaching certain characters on
the ground is a very risky thing without advanced techniques. Pivot sliding and
RAR will save you from this. Otherwise, you could find yourself in a tough
position.
                                                                               
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|  (06D) . Hyphen Smash  |
+------------------------+
                                                                               
Performance:
While running, simply perform an up-smash.
                                                                               
Effect:
Same as a Jump-Canceled Up-smash. Character slides forward while doing an 
up-smash, which can be charged. Distance traveled appears to be equal for both 
techniques.
                                                                               
Application:
Works the same way as a Pivot Slide. You even travel the same distance.
"Since Ness' usmash can damage while charging, you can slide towards an enemy 
and the yo-yo will connect immediately. After this point, you can let it 
go for easy multiple hits. Most players know roughly the range of the 
attack, but with this extra boost, you can throw them off guard. Aside from
using an usmash to get your opponent into the air, you can also use this
technique as a way to set yourself up for your fsmash. The Bat can be a
deadly thing and with a little bit of extra range, you can obliterate."
                                                                               
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|  (06E) . Absorb Cancel  |
+-------------------------+
                                                                               
Performance:
As soon as a projectile connects with your PSI Magnet, 
press Jump, left, right, or down.
                                                                               
Effect:
Ness will absorb the projectile, then jump, roll, or side-step dodge
immediately. This cancels out the lag time afterwards.
                                                                               
Application:
Eliminates the lag after absorption. Common sense would tell you this is good?
                                                                               
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|  (06F) . PK Thunder 2 Barrier  |
+--------------------------------+
                                                                               
Performance:
With this technique, all you want to do is time your PKT to act as a net and 
get hit into it when your opponent uses their edgeguarding tactic.
                                                                               
Effect:
You'll cancel out your opponent's Meteor Smash or any other attack since
PKT2 has such high priority, and you will be able to recover back to the
platform.
                                                                               
Application:
Ness is easily edgeguarded against when playing certain characters. They
will usually try to use a bair or spikes/meteors. Ness' best defense against
this is called the PKT2 Barrier. This works at any percentage, but the timing
will vary depending on what it's at.
                                                                               
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Like any character in Smash, their movelist is very limited compared to more
traditional fighting games. Melee introduced a fourth Special attack, and
this concept was kept in Brawl. In addition to these four attacks, there are
four directional Smash Attacks + tilts, directional aerial attacks, as well
as a few others. I use certain names for all of Ness' moves - be sure you're
familiar with them when reading on about other strategies since I don't refer
to their button combination, but their names instead. However, this is not
always true. Sorry for the inconsistencies!
                                                                               
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|  (07A) . Tilts  |
+-----------------+
                                                                             
As stated earlier in the Smash Terms Section (03), a Tilt Attack can be
performed by pushing the Control Stick slightly in any direction and
pressing the A button. These types of attacks can only be performed on the
ground. There are three types of tilts: Up, Forward, and Down. I have
given each a name for the use in this guide, but some are actually quite
common to the Smash Community.
                                                                             
Tilt attacks can be abbreviated by taking the first letter of the direction
pressed during the attack. (utilt, ftilt, dtilt).
                                                                             
Note: All damage percentage values are based off of the first time you use
      it. If you use an attack multiple times, the value will be reduced.
                                                                             
                                                                             
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x! Up Tilt      - Volleyball Bump
x! Damage Dealt - 7%
x! Knockback    - Low
x! Priority     - Mid to Low
x! Range        - Very Low
                                                                             
Ness raises both his hands as if he were appraising some higher power or
setting a volleyball. Yep, let's go with that second one since its
analogy works much better in Smash Bros.
                                                                             
Just like in volleyball, a set is essential for scoring points. In this case,
the set will allow you to get your opponent into the air, where Ness excels.
This attack will knock your enemies straight upwards into the air and you
can use this opportunity upon yourself to your advantage.
                                                                             
One combo that some players are very susceptible to is to just repeatedly
utilt them and chain it into an usmash or uair. Sure, you might be Meteor
Smashed in the process, but it's worth a shot if you're at low percentages.
It isn't something that you'd see in the more competitive scene of Smash,
so they just might expect it. Most know of this combo and will DI out of it
on instinct, so just be careful with it.
                                                                             
At lower percentages, this is a great attack to rack up easy damage with.
You can hit your opponent up, use another utilt, then go for some aerials.
Just make sure you judge their percentage right and you can easily juggle
your opponent. The only downfall to this attack is its ridiculously short
range. Use sparingly, you've got better options to getting a foe into the
air. I recommend you to use this setup when your opponent is under 50%,
but it would be great if you could use it when they're under 20%.
                                                                             
At higher percentages ... I suggest you avoid this move completely. Once
you've got an opponent over 70%, you can try to go for a KO or get them
offstage and edgeguard them. The only use for this attack would be around
110-140% since you can chain into an uair for a kill.
                                                                             
Heavy and fast-falling characters are very easy to utilt combo against.
It can be very tough for larger opponents to DI out of a utilt combo,
especially if you usmash right after. Characters that you can use this
effectively against include: Fox, Falco, Link, Bowser, and DK.
                                                                             
                                                                             
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x! Forward Tilt - Spinning Kick
x! Damage Dealt - 11%
x! Knockback    - High
x! Priority     - Mid to High
x! Range        - Mid
                                                                             
Ness does a 360° spin and kicks with his right leg. During this attack,
you can actually tilt the Control Stick upwards, downwards, or directly
forwards to move the height of his kick. If you change the direction of
his kick, you can get some crazy ass control over the knockback. Aside
from this minor technicality that probably won't be put to use very often,
the actual raw damage percentage of the attack slightly changes when you
do so. Upwards is 12%, forwards is 11% and downwards is 10%.
                                                                             
Unlike in Melee, the Spinning Kick is actually of some use. It's got pretty
decent knockback this time around, so if you dash-cancel to use it can be
helpful when you're at higher percentages and playing defensive. If anything,
you can use this bad boy as a shocker when edgeguarding.
                                                                             
If you've been using this at lower percentages, then you've been using it
completely wrong. The knockback of this attack is greatly increased at
higher percentages, so this isn't something you'll want to use at low
damage.
                                                                             
As I said earlier, it's a great defensive attack. If you've just KO'd your
opponent and have a high percent value, you'll want to keep your distance
and this is the attack for the job.
                                                                             
I find that this tilt is great for characters that have good ground attacks
or are fast on the ground. The best example of this is Sonic, who can
clearly outrun Ness on the ground. A well placed dash-canceled ftilt
works perfectly against Sonic's fast pace-style. Other worthy characters
to mention here are Captain Falcon and Fox.
                                                                             
An extremely unlikely, yet effective method of using this attack is to
use it while edgeguarding certain characters. Just stand at the ledge
and aim this thing downwards and it can really work against anyone over
90%. The perfect use of this is against Donkey Kong and Bowser, since their
recovery works pretty much horizontal. Yoshi can do this pretty well too,
but make sure his second jump doesn't go above your head. Timing is key.
                                                                             
                                                                             
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x! Down Tilt    - Piston Kick
x! Damage Dealt - 4%
x! Knockback    - Almost None
x! Priority     - Very Low
x! Range        - Low
                                                                             
Ness crouches over close to the ground and lets out a swift kick.
                                                                             
..usually, there's a long ass description of what this attack is good for,
but this is such a simple attack that I'll explain it real quick.
                                                                             
Spamming a few Piston Kicks every now and then can rack up easy damage when 
your opponent is at low percents, but don't go overboard. If you're at that 
close range, you should be trying to grab anyways. 
                                                                             
Another use for the Piston Kick is if your opponent is dashing at you and 
they have a dash-attack that contacts physically. Usually, you can cancel 
them out, and there will be less lag on the Piston Kick to snag some easy 
damage. 
                                                                             
The one thing that has changed in this move in Brawl is the introduction 
of Tripping. The Piston Kick has a high chance of tripping an opponent, 
granting them enough invincibility frames to escape. I guess this was their 
way of balancing the attack. Back in the SSBM days, you could use this for 
ages. In Brawl, you can use it as an effective and easy edgeguard against 
certain types of recovery. Just stand at the ledge, hold down, and spam 
the A button.
                                                                             
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|  (07B) . Smash Attacks  |
+-------------------------+
                                                                             
As stated earlier in the Smash Terms Section (03), a Smash Attack can be
performed by pushing the Control Stick quickly in any direction and
pressing the A button. These types of attacks can only be performed on the
ground. There are three types of tilts: Up, Front, and Down. I have
given each a name for the use in this guide, but some are actually quite
common to the Smash Community or just common sense.
                                                                             
All Smash Attack percent damage values in this section are based off of
not charging it at all. The Yo-Yos can actually damage during the charge,
and this is not noted, but actually later explained in each subsection.
                                                                             
Smash attacks can be abbreviated by taking the first letter of the direction
pressed during the attack. (usmash, fsmash, dsmash).
                                                                             
Note: All damage percentage values are based off of the first time you use
      it. If you use an attack multiple times, the value will be reduced.
                                                                             
                                                                             
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x! Front Smash  - Baseball Bat
x! Damage Dealt - 18%-24%
x! Knockback    - Very High
x! Priority     - Very High
x! Range        - Mid
                                                                             
Ness pulls a baseball bat out of his backpack, pulls it back, and swings
in one swift motion. It's the type of attack that takes a decent amount of
time to start up, but well worth it. The thing can really hit hard.
Hitting your target with the very tip of the bat will do more 
damage (24%) compared to anywhere else (18%). The distance needed to hit
with the tip is roughly half a dodge roll, so be sure to learn the exact
positioning to hit with. Aside from a damage increase, there is also the
benefit of higher knockback from the attack.
                                                                             
Ness's side smash is a bat that requires a lot of start up time to get 
swinging but really hits hard.
                                                                             
Ah, the bat. One of Ness' finishers. Very useful in knocking enemies away
from you or using it as a KO attack. It's pretty slow to use, you're 
better off using aerials or his yo-yos for racking up damage. Hell, it's
best to avoid it at lower percentages altogether.
                                                                             
As a finishing blow, the Baseball Bat's only compare in Ness' moveset is
the PK Cannonball and PK Flash. The main difference is that it can't be
predicted nearly as easily and that the startup and ending lag is much
shorter. Take note of how long it takes to start up and you'll be fine.
Its speed has decreased since Melee because of the new physics engine.
                                                                             
A good way to use the bat is to trap your enemy inside a PK Fire, walk
up to them and Smash them away. If they're close to the edge, you can
usually get a nice and easy KO off of this.
                                                                             
Aside from its lack of speed and KO power, it can also be used to reflect 
projectile attacks. This can be done with just about anything, ranging from 
Mario's Fireballs to Samus' Charge Shot. I wouldn't recommend doing it, since 
PSI Magnet is so much faster to pull out and you aren't so vulnerable due to
its ending lag. However, there are times when this could prove to be useful.
An excellent example of this is Snake's Nikita Missile. It has enough power
to break your shield if you've been using it to block his attacks and can't
be absorbed by PSI Magnet. If you can get the timing right, you can just
deflect it from a distance, and keep at bay.
                                                                             
                                                                             
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x! Up Smash     - Around the World
x! Damage Dealt - 13%-17%
x! Knockback    - Mid to High
x! Priority     - High
x! Range        - Mid
                                                                             
Ness pulls a Yo-Yo out of his Backpack. He quickly puts it to sleep and
sets it up for an 'Around the World' yo-yo trick. This point is where
the Smash charges and Ness will release it above his head and behind him
in a complete half-circle. The biggest change about this attack compared
to the one in Melee is that it does a decent amount of damage and
knockback now. Feels kind of like the one in SSB64, but lacks the amazing
KO power it used to have.
                                                                             
The one unique quality of the Yo-Yo is that it is the only Smash Attack in 
the game that can damage an enemy while charging it. Hell, that's the whole 
strategy behind it. Scoring multiple hits is so satisfying that you'll end 
up trying to lure opponents into jumping at you. The amounts of damage you
can do with the Yo-Yo at each separate part of Around the World are:
                                                                             
· Charge: 4%
· Upward: 17%
· Behind: 13%
                                                                             
The upward section of the attack is everything after the charge up until
the yo-yo is behind Ness' back. This is generally the spot you'll be using
to hit your opponent.
                                                                             
The behind section of the attack is once the yo-yo is behind Ness' back.
It is a rare occasion to hit with this, so the knockback is very unique.
They fly up at a 45 degree angle at lower percents and this angle just gets
higher when at higher percents.
                                                                             
As I said earlier, it is a great attack to get multiple hits on. Another
perk with Around the World is that it knocks your enemy upwards. As you
know by now, Ness is an aerialist, so this is very important. And
if you didn't .. then you're just a noob. Anyways, enough about your
scrubbiness, that's why you're reading this guide in the first place.
                                                                             
My favourite thing to do with this attack is to pivot slide into it. You
can do this at almost any percentage because of its high priority. It
stops most dash attacks, hits them with the charge, and you can release
it for around 20% or so. I strongly suggest you learn to pivot slide
properly.
                                                                             
At low percentages, this attack is great as a defensive approach. Pivot
slides and hyphen smashing will allow you to approach your opponent
without worrying about Ness' lack of speed. Once you've got them in your
attack, quickly short hop an aerial for some really easy damage.
                                                                             
Around the World can KO opponents at 127% on Final Destination. This
statistic is limited to Final Destination only since the ceiling is on
a fixed height. On other stages, you might need them higher or lower
in order to get a KO. Putting technicalities aside, you'll just want to
keep in mind that this is a very powerful defensive attack. If both you
and your opponent are at high percentages, it wouldn't be such a bad
idea to go for a KO with it.
                                                                             
                                                                             
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x! Down Smash   - Walk the Dog
x! Damage Dealt - 13%
x! Knockback    - High
x! Priority     - High
x! Range        - Low

Ness pulls a Yo-Yo out of his Backpack and quickly puts it to sleep, much
like his usmash, Around the World. This time, he puts it behind his back
(this is where it is charged), and sets himself up for a "Walk the Dog"
yo-yo trick. In case you didn't know, this yo-yo trick involves putting
the yo-yo to sleep (or in Smash, it is charged), and releasing it. This
causes the momentum built up from the spin to allow it to 'walk' along
the ground. After it releases behind your back, it'll spin to your front,
covering both sides if you're lucky enough. Similarly to Around the World,
this Smash attack lost its weak power that it had in Melee. It's got 
amazing knockback and comes out pretty fast.

The one unique quality of the Yo-Yo is that it is the only Smash Attack in 
the game that can damage an enemy while charging it. Hell, that's the whole 
strategy behind it. Scoring multiple hits is so satisfying that you'll end 
up trying to lure opponents into jumping at you. The amounts of damage you
can do with the Yo-Yo at each separate part of Walk the Dog are:

· Charge: 4%
· Release: 13%

Like I said in the opening paragraph, the charge of this Smash Attack is
behind Ness. Hitting with this part of the attack and releasing it will
cause multiple hits, making it an above average attack. The odds of this 
to happen are very minimal since the only way for this to happen is for
your opponent to land on the yo-yo while you charge it. Anyways, enough
about rare occasions, you're here to learn about when and how to use
attacks effectively.

Its one main use for a little mindgames is to stand with your back turned, 
and pull out your yo-yo when they dash towards you. It comes out fairly fast
and even if they dodge roll to your other side, they'll get hit by the second
part of the attack. Walking the Dog can be used to knock your opponent 
diagonally upwards off edge to set yourself up for a dair or bair.

Aside from this, I wouldn't really use it unless you want to KO an opponent
at high percentage that is much faster than you. This particularly applies
to opponents with fast and/or powerful dash attacks.
                                                                             
                                                                             
+-------------------+
|  (07C) . Aerials  |
+-------------------+

As stated earlier in the Smash Terms Section (03), an Aerial can be
performed by pushing the Control Stick quickly in any direction and
pressing the A button. These types of attacks can only be performed in
the air. There are five types of aerials: Neutral, Front, Back, Up,
and Down. I have given each a name for use in this guide, but some are
actually quite common to the Smash Community or are just common sense.

Aerial attacks can be abbreviated by taking the first letter of the direction
pressed during the attack. (nair, fair, bair, uair, dair).

Note: All damage percentage values are based off of the first time you use
      it. If you use an attack multiple times, the value will be reduced.


      ----------------------------------
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x! Neutral Air  - Spinning Flail
x! Damage Dealt - 7%-11%
x! Knockback    - Low
x! Priority     - Mid
x! Range        - Very Low

Ness spins around and hits with both his hands.

The attack comes out very fast and has a decent priority ranking.
It also has a pretty low amount of knockback, so its one main use
is that it's an easy amount of damage that can be chained into
or out of. 

Since it is so easy to chain into or out of, you'll want to use this
often. Its got nearly no lag and Ness cancels out of an aerial if he
hits the ground, so it's a pretty safe attack. The only thing you'll
have to worry about is opponents with disjointed hitboxes since the
extra range will catch you offguard. You should always remember that
a non-sweetspotted nair is one of the best attacks in Ness' arsenal
since you can chain it into just about any attack - it just depends
on where your opponent is located. You could go from weak nair to
any aerial or fast fall, hit the ground, and hit with a utilt/ftilt.

Like I said earlier, a weak nair is amazing as an opener since it's
the start of a TRUE combo, despite Brawl having a physics engine
that discourages combos. You'll want to take full advantage of it
when at lower percentages. If you want a bit more analysis of this
weak nair combo business, head to the Inescapable Chains section.


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x! Front Air    - PK Barrage
x! Damage Dealt - 11% in 5 hits
x! Knockback    - Low to Mid
x! Priority     - Mid to High
x! Range        - Mid

Ness pushes both hands forwards and sparkles fly out in PSI style.

The one unique property of this attack that I'd like to point out is
that there are five seperate hitboxes for the attack that appear
consecutively. What this basically means is that there are five hits to
the move, so it makes a great approach from a dashjump.

This attack can be chained into from a down throw at ease or even from
a ftilt. Your best bet here is to learn to sweetspot the attack for 
optimal damage.

Something you'll want to master the timing of. This attack is great for 
racking up damage when your opponent is at lower percentages, or
even for defensive game when you're about to die.

Depending on your jump, you'll have to sweetspot this attack differently. 
If you fast fall, you can get some quick hits, but with low damage. If 
you have your second jump during your recovery, use this during the second
jump if you can get back onto the platform (not grabbing the ledge). It's
a quick hit to give you the chance to get back up on your feet.

If you fast fall this attack for the first two or three hitboxes, you can
chain into a ftilt or AAA combo right away and your opponent most likely
won't expect it.

One thing I'd like to note about this aerial is that it works great on
sloped surfaces when coming from the bottom area. Since there are five
hitboxes and it has decent priority, you can easily reach your opponent
and knock them offguard. Actually, I'd have to say that your best bet at
approaching from a sloped surface is with your fair since your dash attack
gets severely gimped at an angle. Your other main ground move, PK Fire, 
is also nerfed since it travels straight horizontal.

Another good application of this attack is when you're recovering while
using your second jump. If you can make it back to the platform without
using up PK Thunder, it works out pretty well to use this right as you
approach the ledge. The attack lasts quite a while because of its
animation and the hitboxes actually stay out. This works amazingly well
against people who edgeguard you by charging up a Smash Attack or just
stand by the ledge, ready to attack.


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x! Back Air     - Dropkick
x! Damage Dealt - 8%-15%
x! Knockback    - Very High
x! Priority     - High
x! Range        - Low
                                                                               
Ness kicks both of his feet backwards midair. If you sweetspot it, PSI
sparks will go flying and your opponent will too!

This is an attack that can be considered a sex kick, so you'll want to
learn to time your jumping so that it can be sweetspotted and get you
an easy KO. The sweetspot region of this attack is right when it comes
out. Learn the timing of this to do maximum damage and knockback.

Your bair is going to be an essential move when it comes to edgeguarding.
The animation and lag of the attack is fairly short, so you can make good
use of this by jumping off the ledge and using this while your opponent
makes their attempt to recover. If you happen to miss the attack, you
should always approach the ledge from below, but at a slight angle so
that you don't set your opponent up perfectly for a meteor smash.

Short hopping this attack during your approach can be very useful since it
can rack up a load of easy damage and because of the sex kick trait. This
means that since the attack has such high priority and lasts for a while,
it's a safe bet when running at your opponent.

If you hit at the very opening of the attack (the sweetspot), it will
ensure you 15% on your opponent. Hit them afterwards and it only does 8%.
This means that you'll want to learn the timing of when and how to use it.
Running at your opponent with this attack can look very, very obvious.
If you're going to use this to rack up damage, rather than as a finisher,
I strongly suggest you learn to use the Reverse Aerial Rush (RAR).
                                                                               
Edgeguarding against people whose recovery is stronger on a vertical level
rather than horizontal works very well, since the timing on hitting them
isn't so punishing. Easy to edgeguard characters include: Link, Toon Link,
Peach, Fox/Falco/Wolf, and Marth.


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x! Up Air       - Headbutt
x! Damage Dealt - 13%
x! Knockback    - Mid
x! Priority     - Mid
x! Range        - Low

Ness pushes his head up while in the air like he were Zidane or something.
Seriously, if you just look at the attack, it's kinda funny =P

The Headbutt can KO at roughly 140% on most characters, but this obviously
differs on weight and their directional influence. 

At lower percentages, you can just juggle with this at ease. Pop the 
opponent into the air or wait for them to jump at you, and short hop the 
Headbutt. It isn't that hard to do, but take note of the limited range 
of the attack. 

I'd also like to take note that at low percentages, an uair can be directly
chained into a utilt if they are directly above you. This is an inescapable
chain. What this means is that no matter how hard your opponent tries, it
is impossible to get out of this. Aerial dodges and perfect double stick
directional influence won't even help if they get into this chain. Sounds
like a big deal, right? It's a good and easy 20+%.

Another chain that I find to be quite useful is to use your dash attack,
then go right for the uair. Hitting all three parts of the dash will send
them directly above you - the perfect setup for a Headbutt.

Easy attacks to chain into include just about any aerial, depending on how
your opponent DIs. If they go flying and you're on the ground instead of
chasing them, you can easily counter their dair or whatever they try to
use against you with some simple Thunder Juggling or an usmash yo-yo.


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x! Down Air     - Stepkick
x! Damage Dealt - 12%
x! Knockback    - Very High - Meteor
x! Priority     - High
x! Range        - Mid

Ah, Ness' meteor smash. In fact, it's the arguably the most powerful one
out there (right up there with Gordandorf). Basically, Ness just kicks both
his stubby feet downwards mid-air in this move.

Being a meteor smash, it is something you'll want to master. It is one of
Ness' easiest moves to KO with, but use it wisely. If you're lucky and your
opponent just isn't prepared, you can KO with this attack at 0%-20%.

A property of this attack that I'd like to point out is that if you use it
slightly above a fall-through platform, your hitbox will actually travel
through the platform. This takes a great deal of practice to master, but
the easiest place to do it is in Target Test Level One. The second target
that is underneath the area you start around can be hit by your meteor
smash through the floor. This tactic works great in a real battle against
larger enemies (Bowser, DK, Dedede) since they really won't expect it
and their size almost guarantees the hit. If they're on the ground, they
will get popped up into the air and you can follow up with another aerial
or a tilt.

Ness' meteor. Self-explanatory really. It's changed since Melee since it 
doesn't actually push yourself down, you seem to just stall in the air 
temporarily and then hit downwards. It comes out a bit faster now, similar
to 64, but still isn't as good.

Use it sparingly because it will leave you out in the open if you're using 
it to KO. A tactic I use for this attack is to start a series of dodgerolls 
and sidesteps to give my opponent the feeling as if I'm just trying not to
get killed. Right after, give a quick short hop and the Step Kick to get 
them knocked down on the ground, opening them up for follow-up attacks.
In this instance, tilts will really work well and of course, your AAA jab.

+--------------------+
|  (07D) . Specials  |
+--------------------+

A Special Attack can be performed by pressing the B button and any
direction or no direction at all (neutral). Unlike other attacks, I will
not use abbrevations, just the actual attack name.

Note: All damage percentage values are based off of the first time you use
      it. If you use an attack multiple times, the value will be reduced.


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x! Neutral B    - PK Flash
x! Damage Dealt - 9%-37%
x! Knockback    - Very High
x! Priority     - Very High
x! Range        - Low to Mid

A 'pulse' of PK energy appears above Ness' head. Holding down B will charge
the attack, creating a larger pulse. Uncharged, it will do 9%, and at full
charge, it does 37%. Apparently Ness yells "pulse" during this attack, but
the voice actor sounds like they've got some sort of disease. Other
misconceptions include: Flash, Frosh, Cross, etc.

This attack doesn't have much speed in particular and leaves you right out
in the open if you miss (very common mistake). This is best used at a range
against people who camp without projectiles or as an edgeguard if you can
time it right. Nothing beats leaving a fully charged Flash at the ledge
right when your opponent is about to grab it. Even with this, it isn't an
attack that you should ever be using in a free for all if your opponents
are paying any attention at all. Not to mention that since it is an
energy-based attack, it can be absorbed, reflected, or caped. It could be
especially fatal if a Game & Watch player absorbs your PK Flash. If another
Ness or Lucas player absorbs it, they will usually recover at LEAST 50%,
so I'd just avoid it unless attack enemies from above.

I'd also like to point out that since there isn't much speed on this beast
of an attack, the power of it really makes up for it. It has an insane
amount of knockback and damage if charged. Even uncharged, there are uses
for it, especially after a successful juggle and your opponent it on their
way down from your attacks. Tap B and you'll get some decent results.

An amazing way to use this attack is to double jump cancel into it. To
DJC the attack, all you need to do is jump, use your second jump, then
immediately after, use the attack. This can make for some insane mindgames
when uncharged and can come with great surprise. I suggest doing this late
into a one on one stock match for a real nice KO.


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x! Side B       - PK Fire
x! Damage Dealt - 22% in 9 Hits
x! Knockback    - None
x! Priority     - Mid to High
x! Range        - Mid

Amazing. It's got relatively little lag and you can spam it from
a decent distance, trapping your opponent. Ness shoots a pillar of fire from
his fingertips, and it stuns on contact since the pillar just stays there for
a total of 9 hits. While your opponent is trapped, it gives you plenty of
options for attacks after the fact, but be sure to note that if they are
prepared for it, it will be easy to escape. When used in the air, it will
be shot downwards at a 45 degree angle relative to the direction you face.

A tactic that is 'super effective' (against all types) is double jump
canceling (DJC). Generally, this was taken out of Brawl, but this Special
attack is an exception. If you quickly jump twice and use PK Fire, your
second jump will get cancelled into the attack. This is useful for gaining
some horizontal distance and at the same time, dodging certain attacks.
It's really just a wonderful way to approach ground-based fighters.

Trapping opponents in the pillar is very useful attack to use on characters
with a strong ground-game. Since the hitboxes of this attack vary and 
slowly fall, you can trap enemies in it. After trapping your opponent
(this works better on larger characters or anyone at low percentages),
you can open yourself up for an easy powerful attack. Your fmash and
PKT2 are great examples of easy KOs that come from trapping someone with
your fiyer.

PK Fire makes for an excellent edgeguarding utility since it can trap your
enemy inside its pillar. Short hop it off the edge and hit your opponent
and scream YOU MUST RECOVER! Yeah, that's pretty much how it goes if you
can land this beast. The pillar of PK Fire descends, and since your
opponent is off the side of the ledge, they'll continue to descend with it.
This is a perfect way to gimp characters with bad vertical recovery or
you can set yourself up for a meteor smash. In fact, most times, you can
KO Donkey Kong with JUST the PK Fire since he can hardly move vertical at
all.


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x! Up B         - PK Thunder
x! Damage Dealt - 1%-8%
x! Knockback    - Low to Mid
x! Priority     - Mid
x! Range        - High

Ness shoots a ball of electricity that has a long tail that
follows it around. Hitting someone with the head of it will do 8% and the
tail does 1% each time. This is also known as tailwhipping and has many uses.
After you release the attack, you'll have full control of the Thunder by
using the Control Stick. During this animation, Ness is uncontrolable and
will simply stand on the spot, focusing his energy into the attack.

One of which, edgeguarding, is hard to learn since the timing is difficult
to practice. The tail actually has more of a stunning effect than the head,
which is useful for keeping your opponent at a distance.

One strategy for using PKT (often looked down upon), is called Thunder
Juggling. Pretty self-explanatory; you just spam PKT when they're in the air.
Aerial dodges can be spammed, but if you just wrap it in a tight circle, 
you'll get them at ease. 

I'd also like to take note that the knockback of the attack itself is really
quite decent and you may find yourself getting a lucky KO after your usmash
or uair depending on how high they travel.


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x! Up B*        - PK Thunder 2
x! Damage Dealt - 21%-26%
x! Knockback    - Very High
x! Priority     - High
x! Range        - Mid


When propelled into an opponent by his own PK Thunder, Ness smashes the 
opponent with a single hit that sends the opponent flying!

This 'Cannonball' occurs when Ness hits his PK Thunder into himself, 
causing him to go flying in a direction relative to the angle you hit
yourself with the Thunder. This is an excellent KO attack in Brawl because
it turns on a much tighter axel compared to Melee. Since you can basically
choose the direction it goes in, it can be tough to predict for opponents.
This makes it a worthwhile attack to practice and master, doing a range of
21% to 26% depending on how close you are to the opponent. If you want to 
use this on the ground, or even aiming at someone on the ground, you'll want 
to aim the PKT in the shape of a question mark (?). That should be able to
shoot yourself to the right; just do the opposite for leftside. PKT2 is
a very powerful attack at closer ranges, even moreso than a fully charged
PK Flash. In an FFA (Free For All), this is very effective to use to KO
multiple opponents, since they'll be to busy worrying about each other to
defend themselves against you in time. Ness has amazing priority over
many, many attacks while in his electrified state, and you can just use it
freely in FFA. Your only concern is that your opponent will use a Counter
and send you flying.

Aside from being an amazing Finisher, it is also Ness' recovery/third jump.
It is very debatable as to whether this is a good recovery, so I'll pinpoint
its strengths and weaknesses right here, along with some explanation.

Strengths
· Versatality
· High Priority

Weaknesses
· Predictable
· Slow
· Easily edgeguarded

High versatality and priority make it a great recovery. You can approach the
ledge from the top, bottom, or even aim for the stage. By priority, I mean
that most projectiles won't stop you while you're recovering and that even
certain aerials won't have an effect on you. If you're lucky, you can get
an easy KO depending on what your opponent's percent is at while YOU recover.

On the other hand, an opponent can just watch what you're doing carefully
and counter it at ease. They can charge a Smash and hit you when you aim
for the ledge from above or to the stage. Or they could just short hop off
the edge and hit you with an aerial or meteor. If you didn't quite get my
point, they've got options. Lots of them. Be careful in what you do and try
to practice recovering completely vertical from near the bottom of the screen.
This is essentially the safest way to recover, since most people would just
assume you're done.


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x! Down B       - PSI Magnet
x! Damage Dealt - N/A
x! Knockback    - Very Low
x! Priority     - None
x! Range        - Low

An aura surrounds Ness and any energy-based projectile will
be absorbed by PSI Magnet. Ness will recover a percentage based off of
the strength of the projectile attack. I'd also like to take note that this
attack can slightly repel enemies and items when at very close ranges. Of
course, this isn't the most useful thing, but it does have its ups during
team battles. 

What I mean by this is that if your teammate has a projectile
attack consisting of an item, you can repel it using PSI Magnet to increase
its throwing range. To do this, just jump in the same direction the item was
thrown and use PSI Magnet.

Most effective with:
· Peach's Turnips
· Dedede's Waddle Dees
· Link's Bombs
· Toon Link's Bombs


PSI Magnet Absorption List:

· Fireballs                [Mario+Luigi]
· Fire Breath              [Bowser]
· Din's Fire               [Zelda]
· Charge Shot              [Samus]
· Palutena's Arrow         [Pit]
· Ice Shots                [Ice Climbers]
· Blizzard                 [Ice Climbers]
· Robo Beam                [ROB]
· Final Cutter Shockwave   [Kirby]
· Landing Stars            [Dedede]
· Blasters                 [Fox+Falco+Wolf]
· Thunder Jolt             [Pikachu]
· Thunder                  [Pikachu]
· Flamethrower             [Charizard]
· Aura Sphere              [Lucario]
· Long Range Force Palm    [Lucario]
· PK Fire                  [Ness+Lucas]
· PK Thunder               [Ness+Lucas]
· PK Flash                 [Ness]
· PK Freeze                [Lucas]
· Chef                     [Mr.Game&Watch]

· Flames                   [Fire Flower]
· Lasers                   [Ray Gun]
· Stars                    [Star Rod]
· Shots                    [Super Scope]

· Sacred Fire              [Ho-oh]
· Swift                    [Staryu]

· Blasts                   [Ray+Saki Amamiya]
· Shots                    [Tank&Infantry]

· Blasters                 [Arwing+Wolfen]
· Blaster Cannon           [Great Fox]
· Beam Cannon              [Halberd]

· Rapid Fire Shots         [Duon]
· Hand Bullet              [Master Hand]

If I missed anything, email me at dragon_eye398@hotmail.com. I'm sure I missed
Pokeball attacks, but I just need confirmation. If I even messed something up
on this list and was misinformed, feel free to contact.

+------------------+
|  (07E) . Throws  |
+------------------+

As stated earlier in the Smash Terms Section (03), a throw can be
performed by pressing the Z button while close to your opponent and hitting
any direciton after they have been grabbed. This type of attack can only
be performed while on the ground. There are four types of throws: Front,
Back, Up, and Down.

Throws can be abbreviated by taking the first letter of the direction
pressed during the attack. (fthrow, bthrow, uthrow, dthrow).

Note: All damage percentage values are based off of the first time you use
      it. If you use an attack multiple times, the value will be reduced.

Throws aren't an absolutely essential part of Ness' combo strategies or
even for his overall gameplay anymore. They have been nerfed from Melee
in terms of knockback, but the Back Throw can still be used to KO at
higher percents. Ness has ridiculously short grab range, so it isn't 
something you can pull off all the time. If you want to set yourself up
for an edgeguard or meteor smash, you'll generally want to use a Front
Throw at lower percentages and a Back Throw at higher percentages.
The only throw that I don't use that often is the Up Throw.

I marked the range of all throws to Low since Ness' grab-range is pathetic.
To help better yourself into easing your way into a throw on your enemy,
I suggest you learn to pivot grab and fox-trot (cancel). See the Advanced
Techniques section for more information on that.


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x! Pummel       - Skullbash
x! Damage Dealt - 4%
x! Knockback    - None
x! Priority     - N/A
x! Range        - Low

Ness uses that thick section of his oversized head to bash his enemy
during a grab. This attack is performed by pressing the A button
while you have your opponent in a throw. It's some REALLY easy percent
and you can use your throw to set yourself up for another attack right
after so just get used to using a grab > pummel > throw > follow-up.


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x! Front Throw
x! Damage Dealt - 11%
x! Knockback    - High to Low
x! Priority     - N/A
x! Range        - Low

Ness psychokinetically flings the opponent in front of him at a slight
angle.

This is a great attack for getting your opponent over the edge, setting
yourself up for an easy edgeguard or meteor. Bair + dair are amazing
followups to a front throw, but use it sparingly. If you're wondering why
I marked the knockback as being high to low, it's really simple. At low
percentages, it will be very useful in getting your opponent at a certain
distance, but at higher percentages .. well, you're better off using your
back throw to get an easy KO. You can generally just throw your enemy off
the edge with your fthrow then edgeguard them right after.


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x! Back Throw
x! Damage Dealt - 11%
x! Knockback    - Low to High
x! Priority     - N/A
x! Range        - Low

It works the exact same way as the fthrow, but sends your opponent back.
And by exactly, I really mean it in the opposite sense. At low percents,
it'll hardly have any knockback, but at high percentages, you can KO
anywhere between 80% and 100+%. Do not use at percentages lower than 60%.
The knockback is very minimal and leaves you in the open for attack if you
can't shield fast enough. 


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x! Up Throw
x! Damage Dealt - 10%
x! Knockback    - Mid
x! Priority     - N/A
x! Range        - Low

Ness' only attack that can guarantee to send your opponent completely
vertical. If you're lucky enough to get your opponent into a throw, I'd
avoid using this one completely, since there are a lot of other ways to
get your enemy into the air, and the only aerial that this opens up
into is an uair, which isn't quite that useful unless they're above
135%. At that point, you can KO them with the attack, but even then, it
isn't a guaranteed hit. You're MUCH better off using a dthrow to chain
into a fair or nair.


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x! Down Throw
x! Damage Dealt - 9%
x! Knockback    - Low
x! Priority     - N/A
x! Range        - Low

It's a combo starter, to say the least. The animation for it
is actually pretty slow, giving you a few seconds to plot your next moves.
The attack knocks your opponent back at a 45 degree angle upwards into the
air. You could easily follow up with a PK Barrage or a PK Fire.

+-------------------------+
|  (07F) . Other Attacks  |
+-------------------------+


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x! Neutral A    - Punch
x! Damage Dealt - 3%
x! Knockback    - Low
x! Priority     - Low
x! Range        - Low

The Neutral A as a single attack isn't something you should be using at all.
It's pretty much useless even though it has virtually no knockback. I'd
avoid it and go straight for the AAA combo. The only way I can see it as
being useful is if you used it at low percentages and went straight into
a Piston Kick or two.


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x! AAA Combo    - Punch Combo
x! Damage Dealt - 3% + 2% + 4% = 9%
x! Knockback    - Mid
x! Priority     - Mid
x! Range        - Low

Ness punches twice then kicks. It is impossible to dodge all three hits.
Use the Punch-Combo if you're going to use it at all for a few easy percent.
The AAA combo is a very useful way to get your opponent away from you. It
does a minimal amount of damage, but its usefulness is amazing. The best
application of this attack is when your opponent is keeping too close for
comfort and you can't get in any attacks.


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x! Ledge Attack
x! Damage Dealt - 8%
x! Knockback    - Low
x! Priority     - High
x! Range        - Low

A ledge attack can be performed by grabbing onto any ledge and hitting
the A button. Ness will climb up onto the platform and use a single swift
Punch. It has quite decent priority, but very little range. I usually
avoid using the ledge attack and go straight for a ledge hop into an
aerial dodge or dair/nair.


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x! Dash Attack  - PSI Brainshock
x! Damage Dealt - 13%
x! Knockback    - Low to Mid
x! Priority     - Mid
x! Range        - Mid

Your dash attack will be key in approaching your opponents and also for getting
them in the air. If you can get in all three hits, they'll be directly above
you, resulting in an easy Headbutt or open you up for Yo-Yos or just about
anything else. It's just something that you'll want to practice so you can put
it to best use. A very easy attack for opponents to predict, so don't use it
too often.

+-----------------------+
|  (07G) . Final Smash  |
+-----------------------+

Ness's PK Starstorm causes blue stars to rain down and 
out in a wide fan-shaped pattern.

Ness may be an aerialist, but grabbing the Smash Ball can be a pain at times.
Your aerial attacks are easy to hit in succession, but have little range.
I suggest to hit with a single aerial, then aerial dodge on your way to the
ground to avoid being hit and shooting a PKT at the Ball.

PK STAAARSTOOOOOORM!

Ness yells this out as he activates his Final Smash. Anyone would with an
attack like that; as he does this, a bunch of stars will rain from the sky
in a fan-shape pattern. Ness is invulnerable during the time he yells, but
this will not be the case after which. It's great when used as an edgeguard,
so by all means get the Smash Ball, knock them away then activate it.

Knockout Power:
Each comet is fairly powerful, but his move's real power comes 
from your opponent getting bounced around several stars at the same 
time. The damage racks up and the comets have the power to KO 
opponents at relatively low damage levels depending on location on the 
screen, and even if opponents are nowhere near a knockout, they could 
just get knocked into another comet for a KO, so this move is good, but 
if your opponents can avoid maybe all but one it's not that great, so 
it loses a point there.

VS Single Opponent:
Like I said earlier, this is an amazing edgeguarding attack. It's would be
near impossible for a person to dodge all the stars while recovering at the
same time. Hit them off the edge, even at lower percents and hope for the
best. The power is good enough to hit them around and you just might
get lucky and have them hit multiple times.

VS Multiple Opponents:
I can't think of a single final smash (except maybe Lucas, since it's 
about the same thing) that's better at nailing everyone while you're 
untouchable.  I suppose someone who's really good at controlling 
Pikachu/Sonic would be better, but since the vast majority of people 
won't be able to do that, and even people who are great can't, this 
gets the highest score here.  It's just hard to avoid, especially on 
a small stage and even more so if your opponents are still trying to 
fight each other. 

Trophy Description:
Ness as he calls down a host of damage-dealing stars in his Final Smash. 
Everyone on the screen must dodge like crazy to avoid getting hurt, but that's 
no easy task. This attack appeared in the Mother series, but it was Poo, not 
Ness, who wielded it. Perhaps Poo taught Ness the secret of the attack for use 
in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. 

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-                            08. HISTORY OF ATTACKS                           -
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In Earthbound, there were generally four levels of each PSI attack that your 
party member could learn. These four levels were Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Omega. 
For these attacks, I will follow this format:

Attack Name + Strength
· Range: (Who it can target)
· PP Cost: (PP needed to cast it)
· Who?: (Who learns it and at what level)
· Description: (Official in-game description)

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|  (08A) . PK Flash  |
+--------------------+

The way the four levels of PSI Flash translate into the Smash form, PK Flash
is that you can hold the B button and PK Flash will charge, and grow in size.

PSI Flash Alpha
· Range: All Enemies
· PP Cost: 8PP
· Who?: Lvl 18 Ness 
· Description: It generates a strong flash and can make the enemy start 
  crying uncontrollably, and in some circumstances, feel strange.

PSI Flash Beta
· Range: All Enemies
· PP Cost: 16PP
· Who?: Lvl 38 Ness
· Description: It generates a strong flash and can make the enemy start 
  crying uncontrollably, and in some circumstances, can make the enemy feel 
  strange, become numb, or even be destroyed.

PSI Flash Gamma
· Range: All Enemies
· PP Cost: 24PP
· Who?: Lvl 61 Ness
· Description: It generates a strong flash and can make the enemy start crying 
  uncontrollably. Often, it will destroy an enemy in a single strike.

PSI Flash Omega
· Range: All Enemies
· PP Cost: 32 PP
· Who?: Lvl 67 Ness
· Description: It generates glorious rays that have a high probability of 
  destroying all the enemies on the scene in a single strike.

+-------------------+
|  (08B) . PK Fire  |
+-------------------+

I'm still unsure of what level of PSI Fire Ness uses in the Smash world,
but it is clear that he shoots it from his fingertips, just like in 
Earthbound. Ness' down-throw is also based off of PSI Fire, since the
opponent is thrown under him and Ness shoots fire at them from his
hands. This is sometimes called PSI Inferno.

PSI Fire Alpha
· Range: A Row of Enemies
· PP Cost: 6PP
· Who?: Lvl 3 Paula
· Description: Fire bursts from the fingers and a row of enemies take 
  about 80 points of damage each.

PSI Fire Beta
· Range: A Row of Enemies
· PP Cost: 12PP
· Who?: Lvl 19 Paula
· Description: Fire bursts from the fingers and a row of enemies take 
  about 160 points of damage each

PSI Fire Gamma
· Range: A Row of Enemies
· PP Cost: 20PP
· Who?: Lvl 37 Paula
· Description: Fire bursts from the fingers and a row of enemies take 
  about 240 points of damage each

PSI Fire Omega
· Range: A Row of Enemies
· PP Cost: 42PP
· Who?: Lvl 64 Paula
· Description: Fire bursts from the fingers and a row of enemies take 
  about 320 points of damage each.

+----------------------+
|  (08C) . PK Thunder  |
+----------------------+

PSI Thunder Alpha
· Range: Single Enemy
· PP Cost: 3PP
· Who?: Lvl 8 Paula + Lvl 1 Poo
· Description: The enemy is thunder struck for about 120 points of damage.
  You may miss when there are few enemies.
  Eliminates a psychic or psychic power shield.

PSI Thunder Beta
· Range: Single Enemy
· PP Cost: 7PP
· Who?: Lvl 25 Paula + Lvl 1 Poo
· Description: The enemy is thunder struck for about 120 points of damage 
  two separate times. You may miss when there are few enemies.
  Eliminates a psychic or psychic power shield.

PSI Thunder Gamma
· Range: Single Enemy
· PP Cost: 16PP
· Who?: Lvl 57 Paula + Lvl 41 Poo
· Description: The enemy is thunder struck for about 200 points of damage 
  three separate times. You may miss when there are few enemies.
  Eliminates a psychic or psychic power shield.

PSI Thunder Omega
· Range: Single Enemy
· PP Cost: 20PP
· Who?: Lvl 55 Poo
· Description: The enemy is thunder struck for about 200 points of damage 
  four separate times. You may miss when there are few enemies.
  Eliminates a psychic or psychic power shield

+----------------------+
|  (08D) . PSI Magnet  |
+----------------------+

PSI Magnet in Smash Bros allows Ness to absorb energy-based projectile
attacks. I guess this was their only way of including it without making
it completely broken. Could you imagine Ness just hold down PSI Magnet
on one side of the stage stealing health?

PSI Magnet Alpha
· Range: Single Enemy
· PP Cost: 0PP
· Who?: Lvl 15 Paula + Lvl 21 Poo
· Description: Grabs 2-8 points of PP from one enemy and adds it to your own.

PSI Magnet Omega
· Range: All Enemies
· PP Cost: 0PP
· Who?: Lvl 24 Paula + Lvl 27 Poo
· Description: Grabs 2-8 points of PP from each enemy and adds it to your own

+--------------------------+
|  (08E) . PSI Brainshock  |
+--------------------------+

Now it really isn't clear or even obvious that Ness' dash attack is based off 
of PSI Brainshock, but that's what I've referred to it as since Nintendo 64. 
In the original game, it is said to make someone feel strange. This is 
very fitting for Ness' dash attack since the knockback of it can be 
hard to manage. Depending on the range they were hit with and their %, 
they can go just about anywhere.

PSI Brainshock Alpha
· Range: Single Enemy
· PP Cost: 10PP
· Who?: Lvl 24 Poo
· Description: Makes one enemy feel strange. 


+------------------------+
|  (08F) . PK Starstorm  |
+------------------------+

PSI Starstorm Alpha
· Range: All Enemies
· PP Cost: 24PP
· Who?: Poo (After defeating Master Barf)
· Description: The method of "shaking off the stars" which Poo learned in his 
  training. It deals about 360 points of damage to each enemy

PSI Starstorm Omega
· Range: All Enemies
· PP Cost: 42PP
· Who?: Poo (After using the Phase Distorter II)
· Description: The method of "shaking off the stars" which Poo learned in his 
  training. It deals about 720 points of damage to each enemy


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-                            09. COMBO STRATEGIES                             -
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Although using combos is much more difficult in Brawl due to spammable aerial
dodging, there are several things you can do to rack up easy damage as Ness.
Mostly are just simple juggles, but are also things you should learn 
regardless. The last section has been proven that they are impossible to
escape, no matter how you use your DI. Double sticking won't even work.

+--------------------+
|  (09A) . Juggling  |
+--------------------+

uair:
You can actually get the same effect as the Double PK Barrage from doing Ness'
u-air. Instead of going completely vertical, the Headbutt will
keep you suspended in one area. This allows you to get two hits with it.

fair:
Perform a PK Barrage, and use up your second jump quickly. Do another Barrage,
and you'll get the swinging effect of Ness' weird flip, making it easy to
sweetspot your opponent for its full damage. The swing is actually different
from Melee, and now it acts more like a wall of PK energy. The second jump
will send you flying upwards, and the attack will not cancel your jump.

+------------------+
|  (09B) . Throws  |
+------------------+

dthrow:
If your opponent is at lower percentages and you do happen to get a grab in,
I suggest using the down-throw. Immediately after the animation is over and
your opponent gets knocked away at a 45 degree angle, do a quick jump and
PK Barrage. You should be able to get it in, even if all hits don't connect.
If you're lucky with the way they use directional influence, you can get 3
Barrages in. One after the throw, then while falling, and the last during
your second jump.

+------------------------+
|  (09C) . Basic Combos  |
+------------------------+

PK Fire:
If you hit them just right, you can trap your opponent. This gives you a
chance to use another attack; there are lots of options here. If you're 
within range, use the Bat. Otherwise, a Yo-Yo or a Dash attack would suffice.
Using 2-3 PK Fires, then a PK Cannonball is an almost guaranteed KO.

Dash Attack:
Hit your opponent with all three hits of Ness' dash attack will pop them
right above you. From here, it's pretty effective to hit with an uair.
It's escapable with the right DI, but works every now and then if they
don't know what to expect.

+------------------------------+
|  (09D) . Inescapable Chains  |
+------------------------------+

uair > utilt
· Simple enough, on your way down from a jump, hit with an uair, land and
  hit with the utilt. Works best on lower percents.

dtilt trip > U-smash
· Spamming dtilts couldn't get any better at this point. If you happen to
  notice that your opponent trips from a dtilt, hit up on your C-Stick and
  you'll get them in the air, opening up for some juggling.

bair > AAA combo
· Short hop fast fall a bair and pivot an AAA combo.

weak nair > any aerial
· Just don't sweetspot your nair and you'll be able to chain it into any
  other aerial attack. My favourite is uair. If you actually fast fall the
  nair, you can hit with any tilt.

PKT1 tailwhip > PKT2
· Tailwhipping takes practice, but I found an easy way to guarantee hits.
  Act as if you're just trying to hit them with PKT1 while they fall towards
  you after you send them flying up. At this point, they'll most likely
  air dodge it. You'll want to do this when they get closer to you. If you're
  lucky, the air dodge will miss the first hit, and you can quickly wrap
  it around towards yourself, tailwhipping them, and hitting yourself in
  the process.


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-                            10. FINISHERS                                    -
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------


This section is basically dedicated to what attacks you can use to get your
final attack in - your KO moves. Ness has quite a few, but should be applied
in different situations, stages, or even against certain characters.

+-------------------------+
|  (10A) . Smash Attacks  |
+-------------------------+

Front Smash
· The Baseball Bat is a risky KO attack since it comes out fairly slow and 
  you'll be shielded against at ease. Use if your opponent is recovering or 
  if they're at range and nearing you.

Up Smash
· Using the Around the World Yo-Yo is best used against either fast-falling
  characters (Fox + Falco) or floaty characters (Luigi, Kirby, Metaknight).
  It's a defensive attack since you can charge it up and use it to cover
  yourself from the top, while packing some punch.

+-------------------+
|  (10B) . Aerials  |
+-------------------+

· Back Air
· Up Air
· Down Air

These aerials are best suited for quick damage, but can also kill your
opponents at higher percentages. The Dropkick is useful for edgeguards
and the Headbutt is for when you enemy is above you or you're just
juggling. Finally, the obvious use for the Step Kick is to meteor smash.

+-------------------------+
|  (10C) . PK Cannonball  |
+-------------------------+

This is my favourite method to KO an opponent since it's so risky. If you
can perfect your aim on the Cannonball, it can be a force to be reckoned with.
I suggest jumping up over the edge and shooting the PKT at a 45 degree angle
towards the centre of the stage, then curving it left so you clear a good 
amount of horizontal distance towards the opponent.

+------------------+
|  (10D) . Throws  |
+------------------+

Back Throw
· Again, these are finishers, so use this at higher percentages. Ness has
  lousy grab range, but the knockback makes up for it. Use sparingly.

Front Throw
· On stages with walk-off edges or short sides, this attack can KO very
  easily at lower percentages.


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-                            11. VS MODE CHARACTER STRATEGIES                 -
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+------------------+
|  (11AA) . Mario  |
+------------------+

Let's all face it: Mario is amazing at juggling. However, so is Ness and Ness'
KO attacks don't require a setup attack. How about we take a further look into
that? Mario can meteor with his Forward Aerial, Smash Attacks and Super Jump
Punch. His meteor is very situational when playing against Ness since if your
opponent thinks they can pull it off, you can just aim PKT differently to either
grab the ledge or to land on the platform. Smash Attacks don't have too much
range, but it's something to look out for. Methods of dodging or shielding are
obvious. Here's the catch - the Super Jump Punch. It comes out quickly and
can KO at above 80% if used properly. You'll want to stay somewhat ranged until
you are sure you can approach Mario. I suggest using PK Fire or Dashes. Your
Yo-Yos are your best bet in this situation since Mario will try to come at you
with aerials.

Mario's got a very quick and deadly down smash. If you want to avoid it, you'll
have to stay at a decent distance and don't leave yourself open. If you're going
to Smash, be ready to shield or roll. The other concern when fighting Mario is
his Cape. It can seriously mess up your recovery or short hopped aerials even.
When you recover against this guy, you'll have to switch up your game every now
and then. Approach from the bottom, then try for the top. The ledge is your
safest bet, but it'll still be tough. Ness is easily edgeguarded and Mario is
a great example of this. Even if he doesn't use the Cape, his bair is just
barely deadly enough to put you out of range of the ledge. Approaching the 
ledge perfectly vertical is your best bet, despite its difficulty.

+------------------------+
|  (11AB) . Donkey Kong  |
+------------------------+

He's big, slow, and easy to combo. You shouldn't have too much of a problem if
you happen to play a human DK player. His recovery is easily edgeguarded, or
you could even try to time a meteor if you're feeling confident. I invite you
to spam PK Fire, PK Barrage, and Step Kicks. DK's recovery is only effective
when moving horizontally, so if possible, jump off the stage and use a nair to
get him too low for comfort.

+-----------------+
|  (11AC) . Link  |
+-----------------+

Ah! It's Link! Everybody run from his Spin Attack! Yeah .. well that's what you
would have said in Melee when Ness' PKT moved on an insanely huge axel. Your
Cannonballs are your friend in this case. He's pretty slow now and the boomerang
is the least of your worries. If it hits you on the way back (returning to Link)
it won't deal any damage, but it can bring you closer to Link himself. Use this
to your advantage by jumping forwards when it comes from your back. Pull out an
aerial for a nice surprise. I suggest Dropkicks. Something that works well
against Link and others around his weight class is to hit them with a PK Fire
and run at them with a Dash Attack. It's an easy 25% (+) and gets them into the
air.

+------------------+
|  (11AD) . Samus  |
+------------------+

I'll tell you now just so you know and remember: PSI Magnet will NOT absorb
Samus' missiles. Stay at a range and use PK Barrage (fair) to rack up your
damage since you can keep away a bit and use your second jump with proper
directional influence away to dodge. The one main flaw that I'd like to point
out when fighting Samus is her huge lag after missing a throw (Grapple Beam).
If you generally play close to Samus using aerials, she'll try to grab you
eventually. Aerial dodges, dodge rolls, sidesteps. You're given lots of
options so just make sure to avoid it to get a quick combo starter or Smash.

+------------------+
|  (11AE) . Kirby  |
+------------------+

Okay, well I don't personally know any Kirby mains, but I've played some decent
ones online. They've got a few trips up their sleeves and I'm not too sure what
to do against some techniques, but I have ideas. For one, Kirby can edgeguard
at great ease. You'll want to use aerial dodges while falling towards the stage.
Save your second jump for when you get closer and approach the ledge from below.
Exactly opposite from this concept, Kirby is tough to edgeguard against. If you
charge up your bat, he can fly up above you and use Stone for some easy damage.
You'll just want to jump out with Dropkicks. Your best bet to KO Kirby is
through the sides with a quick hit of the Dropkick or PK Cannonball.

+----------------+
|  (11AF) . Fox  |
+----------------+

Fox is a short range fighter with a spammable laser. If your opponent is a
camper-type, use the PSI Magnet. Don't keep it out too long or they'll
approach you with Fox's quick dash/foxtrot. Fox doesn't fall quite as fast
as he did in Melee, but it's still decent. Use this to your advantage by
using Ness' multiple hit attacks (PK Barrage + Both Yo-Yos). KOing Fox with
the Back-Throw is a great offensive move, right along with the Step Kick.
It isn't too difficult to meteor a Fox player since the Fire Fox has slightly
less range now. It's just practicing timing that will take you time to adjust
to. For the Fox Illusion, charge the Around the World Yo-Yo with the yo-yo
dangling over the edge. When Fox hits it, let go of the Smash for a couple
hits.

+--------------------+
|  (11AG) . Pikachu  |
+--------------------+

Very easy to juggle this Pokeman. It's very lightweight and has a decent 
falling speed - too perfect. You can even spam throws against Pikachu
when edgeguarding. Predicting where Pika will fall during its Up B isn't
too hard and you can just run to that spot with a grab. A well-placed
short hop Dropkick works very well here. To rack up damage, use your
aerials and PK Fire (as usual). What you have to watch out for here is
Pika's Down Smash and Side Special. Grab a friend and practice timing of
hitting Pikachu with the Bat during its Side Special.

+------------------+
|  (11AH) . Marth  |
+------------------+

Marth is such a pain to fight when using Ness. He's got great agility, fast
attacks, decent recovery, and that Counter! Oh, geez, the Counter is amazing
against Ness' Cannonball and Bat. What most people would say to do is play
a hit and run type of game, but my Marth strategy is the exact opposite. Never
let the Marth player have a chance to plot his moves and strategize. What you
want to do in these types of situations is to choose a stage Ness can play
comfortably on (see next section) and to generally stick to a pattern that
alters slightly each time to dodge his attacks while playing offensively.
When on the ground, use PK Fire, it can really slow down Marth and gives you
a chance to plot your next attacks. However, PK Fire can be slow, so your best
bet for approaching Marth on the ground is to use a dash attack. Quickly
after your dash, immediately shield and you should be able to guard if they
roll out of the way. Other than your ground game, you should try to keep
them in the air or at least dodging your attacks constantly. They'll slip up
eventually and all you have to do is use your aerials. Careful with those
though because Marth outreaches Ness in the air.

If you'd like to play a purely defensive game, here's a strategy that I've
taken a huge liking to. Basically, play very evasive and place aerials when
you know for sure that you can get hits in. If you're on the ground, dodge
roll like mad, then just stop and use a Yo-Yo. This usually knocks them off
guard, placing them in the air at your mercy.

Aside from these methods, it is very easy to KO a Marth player at lower
percentages. Marth's recovery is very predictable 
(since his Side-B has been limited to one aerial use) and makes him easy 
to meteor smash. Forward throw to dair = instant death for Marth even at 0%. 
Aside from that, if you can get him off the edge, he's as good as gone. 
Short hopping a PK Fire destroys a Marth trying to get to the ledge. You 
could even use a PK Cannonball off-edge diagonally from above to KO Marth 
downwards to the ledge if you're feeling confident.

+-----------------------------+
|  (11AI) . Mr. Game & Watch  |
+-----------------------------+

He's very light and can be juggled in the air by almost any of Ness' aerial
attacks. G&W's recovery leaves little to the imagination as to where he
will end up, but be careful of quick aerials that can come out of it quick.
To edgeguard him, you can easily meteor, which makes Game and Watch an easy
matchup for Ness. Any person who mains this guy will like to use a Down Throw
then combo into a Down Smash. However, if you did not already know, this can
be easily tech'd out of at percentages over 40%. 

+------------------+
|  (11AJ) . Luigi  |
+------------------+

Fighting Luigi is like fighting Mario with lighter weight. He's also got
fairly low traction on the ground, so bust out your bat and head for dash
attacks right after. You can also juggle him pretty easy, so go nuts with
aerials and even meteors. He shouldn't be too much trouble, but now that
his Side B can sweetspot the ledge, you'll want to try to KO him upwards
if possible, using the Headbutt and Cannonball.

The huuuge difference between Luigi and Mario is that Luigi can jump higher
and wears green overalls. Oh wait ... okay, the big difference is that Luigi
has a much better aerial game. Watch out for his uair and fair. His fair can
give off a good amount of knockback, so just be careful. A fast finisher that
Luigi can pull off at ease is his Side Smash. Be prepared to double stick DI
if you have to. Another finishing attack is his Up+B. This will only happen
when he gets very close up to you. DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN! If Luigi gets
close, quickly use an AAA combo or ftilt.

+-----------------------+
|  (11AK) . Diddy Kong  |
+-----------------------+

Diddy's got ground game, so you'll want to try to stay in the air and dodge
as best you can. Not to mention his bananas, which are a pain. I know a few
decent Diddy players who spam these. What they'll usually do is drop one then
throw another. They'll come charging at you with a dash attack when approaching
the banana. This will allow them to pick it up. If you're in the air, you can
even catch the bananas when thrown at you. Use them to your own advantage.
Catch one, or even pick it up and throw it right back. Once they're tripped,
dash and short hop a PK Barrage. This will set you up for other attacks since
they'll be in the air or at least stunned on the ground. I recommend for you
to throw in the occasional Stepkick to get them in the air and to use your
Yo-Yos defensively.

Diddy has a variety of moves that can chain together because of his speed. Most
notably is dthrow > dash attack > usmash. As soon as he gets you into a throw,
I usually just use my directional influence to either get back on the ground
and roll away or I'll get high up in the air, so the dash attack will miss. At
this point, you can just use a dair or even a nair while returning to the
platform. Diddy is the kind of character with high mobility and
annoying attacks. The flaw in this is that his range of attacks is quite 
low and most of his powerful moves are multi-hit attacks, which you can 
DI out of if you see it coming. Since Diddy has powerful ground attacks, 
you should try to pop him into the air and just keep him there. There's many 
ways you can do this, just don't let him reach the ground and stay there. 
I suggest using nairs and uairs. Finish him with the bair or bat.

+------------------------+
|  (11AL) . Zelda/Sheik  |
+------------------------+

Zelda is no problem to fight at all. She's got strong, but slow aerials, which
is no problem against Ness. My only concern when fighting a Zelda player is
that she'll reflect PK Thunder during a juggle and I'll be left in the open.
You've got the upper hand with superior speed and agility. 

Sheik on the other hand .. well .. he/she has great high priority
aerial attacks that can easily throw you off. In Brawl though, she's lost her
KO power as a major nerf. Make sure to play defense here, you shouldn't risk
being caught in a juggle. Watch out for her dash attack, it can juggle you
when at low percentages.

+----------------+
|  (11AM) . Pit  |
+----------------+

Spammable arrows and annoying voice acting. He's got two things that really
make me angry. Sure, the second one isn't so major, but still. The arrows can
be a pain, especially when recovering. It's a good thing Ness can absorb them
with PSI Magnet, otherwise you could potentially be stuck at a distance from
Pit. PK Fire is your friend in this fight as a combo starter. Pit can be really
tough to deal with so just be patient. Keep your cool and stay at a medium
range away. Pit has great knockback on a handful of his attacks so staying at
range keeps you safe. Rack up damage slowly, yet surely and go for the kill.
Approaching Pit is safest close to the ground, but not on the ground. Once
you've got a KO move in, he's most likely to die. If not, hit him with a PKT
during his recovery (Up+B, not jumps) and he'll fall to his death.

+-----------------------+
|  (11AN) . Metaknight  |
+-----------------------+

Metaknight is a very very lightweight character with short range. That being
said, he also has high priority on attacks and an amazing recovery similar to
Pit. Play your distance on this one. You should use the PK Barrage often as
well as PK Fire. If he's trapped, go in for a dash or short hopped aerial.
KO using Yo-Yos or Cannonball since he'll have a tough time dodging either
when in the air. He may have 5 jumps, but that doesn't mean they're very large.
He's pretty tough to KO on the sides. Try to KO him upwards with a Headbutt
or downwards with a Step Kick. Your other option is to just keep at bay while
damaging him and kill with a back throw or back air.

+------------------+
|  (11AO) . Falco  |
+------------------+

Let's look at the positives when fighting Falco here since there are so many
negatives. Falco can be KO'd at lower percentages and can be easily 
edgeguarded. He is also easy to combo and cannot KO without relying on the
Forward Smash or his spike. That being said, Falco is a tough guy to fight
against. Falco can put up a good fight, but it really comes down to who can
get their combos in first. It would be best for you to land a PK Fire on him,
similar to what you would do against any fast-faller. When recovering,
approach the edge from above if possible, since Falco players will generally
attempt an edgeguard with their Forward Smash or get ready for a spike. You
can counter this by aiming PKT2 in a sweeping motion on the platform or
sweetspot the ledge itself.

+----------------------------+
|  (11AP) . Pokemon Trainer  |
+----------------------------+

Pokemon Trainer can't keep a Pokemon out for more than 2 minutes or else the
stamina factor comes into play. You don't actually fight the Trainer, but
3 of his first-generation starter (includes evolutions) Pokemon.

---------------------
-  11AP1. Squirtle  -
---------------------

PK Thunder! It's super effective! Squirtle is very lightweight. Get him in the
air and use the Headbutt, Barrage, or even a Flail. Thunder Juggling is also 
useful when he's at higher percents. Let him down when you think you can get 
an easy KO.

The one thing that Squirtle really has against you is his ground game. There
are two main things you should look out for: Shell Shifting and Hydro Planing.
Thse are advanced techniques that allow him to move on the ground at ease.
Shell Shifting is the equivalent of wavedashing, so you'll want to KO Squirtle
as fast as you can. Hydro Planing is like a Hyphen Smash or Snakedashing, but
allows Squirtle to move a VERY large distance while charging the Smash Attack.

--------------------
-  11AP2. Ivysaur  -
--------------------

PK Fire! It's super effective! It really is in this case. Ivysaur plays good
ground game and his Bullet Seed can be a pain for approaching from the air.
You'll want to either short hop your aerials, dash, or PK Fire. 

----------------------
-  11AP3. Charizard  -
----------------------

Aw, too bad Ness doesn't have a bubble or water based attack. Charizard is a
heavy hitter, play it safe. Wait until Charizard uses one of his slower
attacks, while staying just out of his range. Move in for the hit, do a follow
up and run. It's a good thing that PK Fire isn't nerfed against Charizard. You
can abuse his lack of speed and his large size to trap him and follow up into
a short hopped bair for an easy KO.

+----------------+
|  (11AQ) . Ike  |
+----------------+

Ike is another heavyweight. Go for quick damage-racking combos and just stay
out of range of that massive sword of his. Ike's got very powerful blows that
can KO you at 50% or even lower, but there's a catch. Stay out of that range
like I mentioned earlier and you can move directly at him right after since
there is quite a bit of lag attached to his ground game. His sword has quite
a bit of range, so you'll want to be careful with how you approach him. Dash
attack is a huge no-no. Try to trap him with PK Fire then go in for the kill.
Dropkicks are your friend here. Edgeguarding is best here, since Ike's
recovery isn't that great.

+------------------+
|  (11AR) . Snake  |
+------------------+

Snake is a very tricky player to fight. He's got so many different styles of
attacking you and is overall a unique fighter. He is somewhat slow and a big
target, but he can lay mines and C4s. Watch carefully for where they are
placed and either completely avoid them, or try to use them to your
advantage. They can hurt Snake too; try to work them into your own combo since
that's exactly what Snake will attempt. Try to choose a stage with a limited
amount of hazards and not too much going on so you can focus on where these
small things are. The cliché Final Destination is great, along with Yoshi's
Story and Smashville.

-------------------------------
-  11AR1. Codec Transmission  -
-------------------------------

Snake's got a secret taunt available when battling on Shadow Moses in which
he receives Codec Transmissions from Octagon and other characters from Metal
Gear Solid. It's a great addition to the game and well .. here's what
Colonel Roy Campbell and Snake have to say about Ness:

· C - Colonel Roy Campbell
· S - Snake

C:  That kid... Isn't that Ness?
S:  Ness?
C:  He may look like a mere boy, but don't let
    that fool you.
C:  He has PSI abilities that defy all scientific
    explanation.
S:  Just like Psycho Mantis...
C:  Exactly. He can use teleportation,
    levitation, pyrokinesis, and
    psychokinesis.
S:  Yeah, but the question is, can he read
    minds?
C:  Not to my knowledge, no.
S:  Good. Then I won't have to worry about
    him predicting my every move.
C:  Even if he had telepathic powers, I don't
    think he'd use them to mess with you like
    that. I hear he's a good kid.

+------------------+
|  (11AS) . Peach  |
+------------------+

Peach has amazing recovery an it's versatile too. When she's coming back
to the stage, you may be thinking, "Hmm..she's so slow, it should be an easy
meteor" This may be the case if she's got the parasol out, but if she's just
falling or even floating, she can dodge it very easily. Say goodbye to a stock
and hello to Peach's singing. Try to keep Peach above you because of her lack
of range in her aerial attacks.

+------------------+
|  (11AT) . Yoshi  |
+------------------+

Zap! PKT is invaluable when edgeguarding against Yoshi. After his second jump,
he's got little to nothing left in him. Yoshi VS Ness has been an epic battle
since Melee and now that Ness has the upper edge with buffed attacks and speed,
it's his time to shine. You've got limitless options when facing Yoshi, but
your one concern is to avoid his dair (Flutter Kick). 

+----------------------+
|  (11AU) . Ganondorf  |
+----------------------+

Slow and powerful, you should know what to do. Keep out of range, yet not too
far. Ganondorf has no projectiles whatsoever, so you could even play a hit and
run game using PK Thunder and Fire. Pretty much any of his attacks can kill you,
so just watch out. They don't come out fast, so it's not like a Reverse Warlock
Punch is going to get you every time. Take note that Ganondorf's uair is
relatively powerful and can KO you at around 70-80% if you're not careful.

+-------------------------+
|  (11AV) . Ice Climbers  |
+-------------------------+

The chaingrab gods have granted them limitless power. Seriously, I'm not even
kidding about this one. Ice Climbers can chaingrab you to death and even
desynch some aerials or Smash attacks inbetween. For those of you who are lost
and have no clue what I'm talking about, here's the deal. Ice Climbers consist
of two characters, one of which is controlled by a human and the other is a
programmed CPU that generally follows the actions of the human player. During
a grab, the human can control the CPU. Most Ice Climbers mains take advantage of
this by attacking during a grab and potentially going for multiple grabs in a
row. Stay as best away as you can from their grab range (it's somewhat similar
to Ness' actually). You can play offensively, just not on the ground in these
matches.

Well .. I've been using Ice Climbers for a while now, and I've seen that their
strategy is a bit more complex than what I had previously thought. Desynching
is amazing sure, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Ice Climbers' approach
game is quite minimal and they only have a few ways to do so. The easiest and
most obvious of which is to dash-cancel or fox-trot into a dash attack or a
tilt. If you see them running, you'll just have to use a PK Fire or a Barrage.
The other, more 'complex' way they can do this is with a RAR bair to Blizzard.
The IC's bair is one of their stronger, higher priority attacks and it comes
out quite quickly. The Blizzard can stun you temporarily and rack up quick
damage, and this approach strategy is amazing. What I suggest to do is to play
like you're playing a character without projectiles: Marth, Captain Falcon, etc.
This way, you'll be on their tail at all times and the IC player won't have
prep time to think of how to approach or get you into a deadly chaingrab.

+------------------------+
|  (11AW) . King Dedede  |
+------------------------+

Just after talking about chaingrabs, here we are with a heavyweight that can
do a decent chaingrab. Dedede has slow, strong attacks and a unique spammable
projectile. He'll be able to shoot Kirby series enemies at you (usually Waddle
Dees and Doos), but this isn't too much of a trouble since Ness is a small
target. Dedede can wait around while you're in the air doing your own thing
and time his attacks for when you drop. Avoid this by keeping close to the
ground and dashing often. Like other heavyweights, he isn't too much of a
concern.

+-----------------+
|  (11AX) . Wolf  |
+-----------------+

If I had to describe fighting Wolf as Ness in one word, it would be:
awkward. I just can't seem to find a good specific strategy for fighting
Wolf, so just use my general strategies in my movelist. Make sure you
don't get caught up in his Blaster, since it can chain into another
attack pretty well. His Front Smash is also annoying, keep at a range
and approach him carefully. Also, when recovering, aim for the ledge.
Wolf, for some reason, can edgeguard Ness like it's nothing. Getting
an air juggle ending with a Dropkick is probably your best bet.

+--------------------+
|  (11AY) . Lucario  |
+--------------------+

Hmm..fighting Lucario feels kind of like fighting Mewtwo. "Kind of" so shut
up about it already. I know they're completely different. Aura Sphere is
an attack that most will charge up when you're not a threat and release it
during a combo or during your recovery. What you can do to counter this is to
either keep at close range all the time, rendering the charge useless. My
other suggestion is to go ahead and let them charge it. Use the magnet for some
quick healing and you'll be fine. Similar to Marth, Lucario's got an
annoying Counter. Keep your movements and patterns original and change them
often or you'll be at the hands of a Pokemon no one cares about. *ahem*

+-----------------+
|  (11AZ) . Ness  |
+-----------------+

Fighting against Ness is like fighting a mirror. Well .. not exactly, but you
get my point. If you've been maining Ness, you should have realized your flaws
by now, so try to take advantage of them. In case you haven't, here they are:

· Lightweight
· Easily edgeguarded
· Slow Smash Attacks
· Short grab range
· Lag on recovery
· Thunder-eating when recovering close to the edge
· Sub-par running speed

+------------------+
|  (11BA) . Sonic  |
+------------------+

He's fast. Everyone knows it. Sonic knows it. It's great for dealing damage,
but can he really knock you out? Whenever I've played against a Sonic player
the majority of my lost stock are from me messing up my recovery or something
similar. Don't try to meteor him unless you are perfectly above him before
he uses the Spring Jump. The one thing that annoys me about Sonic is that
his B attacks look the same. It's difficult to think of what they are thinking
at the time, so you're best off dodge rolling. Sonic can KO you through the
top easier than through the horizontal plane. Be careful for his uair and
Up Smash. You can tell the Up Smash is coming if you see a short jumping motion
(different from an actual jump or short hop). It's just an animation - it
doesn't give Sonic any true vert.

+------------------+
|  (11BB) . Bowser  |
+------------------+

Bowser is always my favourite opponent since he is the easiest heavyweight
to combo and trap with PK Fire. Try doing any combinations of the following:

PK Fire > Dash Attack > Headbutt > Headbutt > Cannonball
Short Hop Barrage > Down Throw > Barrage > Headbutt
PK Fire > Backwards Around the World > Headbutt > Dropkick

You've got tons of options since Bowser is shortranged and his only
projectile attack is Fire Breath, which is still shortranged. Speaking of
range, make sure you know just how much Bowser has. He's got a few attacks
that are devastating, but also have a decent range (ftilt comes to mind).

When Bowser respawns after a KO, make sure to keep your combos and the fight
in general closer to the centre of a map. Bowsercide is annoying, especially
since a decent Bowser player can do it at ease while you're trying to sweep
a stock to catch up. Easing yourself into being on par with this guy is a pain.

Aside from that, Bowser has an amazing utilt and usmash. If he knocks you up,
it'll be tough to get back down. You'll have to time your aerial dodges just
right or use your directional influence to get yourself on the ledge. From the
ledge, you could use a ledgeroll or ledgehop to get yourself to safety.

+------------------+
|  (11BC) . Wario  |
+------------------+

Wario is another tough matchup. He has strong attacks, but isn't a heavy
character. He can eat your PK Fire and can even juggle you well. The one
area where he lacks is his recovery. The Wario Waft can help out, but
only once every two minutes (that's how long it takes to fully charge).
His Up B leaves him in the open for a meteor since you can easily predict
where he'll go.

+----------------------+
|  (11BD) . Toon Link  |
+----------------------+

It's like what Link should have played like in the first place: fairly
agile, quick attacks, decent meteor, and strong single hit attacks.
Toon Link's throws are what you want to take advantage of. Dodge them
as your highest priority and go for a combo starter once you do. You
don't need long ones or even hard ones to learn to defeat Toon Link at
ease since he's pretty light. Watch out for his back air and neutral air.
His Smashes come out fast, but have short range compared to other
swordsmen in the game. I still suggest you to use my normal Link strategy
against Toon Link, but be more on your toes to make up for the extra speed.

+----------------+
|  (11BE) . ROB  |
+----------------+

Fighting ROB is like fighting Lucario if he had effective projectile attacks.
Their down-air and movements are what clearly give it the same feel. Anyways,
what you should try to do here is to dodge whatever he attacks you with and
to recover intelligently. If you feel he's going to try a meteor, go for the
ledge. If you think he'll edgeguard, hit him with the Cannonball itself.

ROB can adapt to fighting you from far or close at ease, with such a varying
moveset. Most notably, look out for his laser and aerials. They partially
suspend him in the air, which can throw off your timing if you want to juggle.
A talented ROB user will edgeguard KO you with the laser, so approach the ledge
from below at all times, while looking out for his dair spike. ROB's recovery is
amazing, so he's got nothing to lose when jumping offstage to get you. His other
main strength comes from his quick smash attacks. ROB has a decent amount of
weight and falls at a decent speed to boot. You'll want to try to juggle him
with the basic Bump to Headbutt combo and throw in the occasional Flail.

My best advice for fighting a ROB player is to DJC PK Fire and to rack up your 
damage with PK Barrages. For the kill, you'll want to make good use of spacing
and play the opponent into your bat or Stepkick. 

+-------------------+
|  (11BF) . Olimar  |
+-------------------+

Olimar is completely dependent on his Pikmin in not only his games, but in 
Brawl. Most of his aerial game can only happen if he's got Pikmin to 
attack with. Keep close to Olimar, kill off his Pikmin, and don't give him 
any opportunity to pluck more of them out. Olimar has no recovery if he 
has no Pikmin. Try to do either of the following:

· Kill off his Pikmin with PKT during his recovery
· Edgeguard with Dropkicks
· Edgehog

+---------------------------+
|  (11BG) . Captain Falcon  |
+---------------------------+

The one person I end up playing against the most if Captain Falcon, so here's
my little rant. He can combo + KO at ease and has the necessary speed to keep
you from playing offensively. What I invite you to do is to play defensively
until you can get a hit in, then go nuts with any attacks you can. Sure it
doesn't sound like much, but it is actually very effective. Cannonballs are
your friend against the Captain; he's a decent-sized target and his jumps
aren't something that he'll want to use right away. Captain Falcon falls at
a decent speed, so he can't exactly stay in the air for too long. Match his
ground game with dodging and you can win. If you're stuck in a combo, mash
your aerial dodges and just try to hit the ground. If he's staying at range,
do NOT use your projectiles. Falcon's got enough running speed to counter this
strategy, so instead, I invite you to stand with your back turned to him. When
he comes close, use the Walk the Dog Yo-Yo. Great counter, I have friends who
hate it.

+-----------------------+
|  (11BH) . Jigglypuff  |
+-----------------------+

Jigglypuff's got annoying aerials and can directional influence out of
your combos at ease. Since she can also stay in the air for a long time, it
can be tough to KO her. Jiggly could even spam aerial dodges then give you
a random Pound to rack up damage over time while dodging. Try to stay on
the ground and use your Yo-Yos when she comes close. Remember that you should
use certain attacks for getting percent high and others to KO. I suggest you
to take into account the Finishers Section (FNSHR).

+------------------+
|  (11BI) . Lucas  |
+------------------+

Lucas is a tough guy to juggle, I suggest you to use Ness' limited ground game
and short hopped aerials. Lucas has an amazing up smash and down smash for
that matter. To counter these you'll want to use your bair or some quick
ftilts. Lucas' smash attacks come out pretty slow and you can use this to your
advantage by learning the range of each of them. Stay just out of range, then
rush in for an attack. Lucas plays a bit more of a ranged game than Ness. What
you'll want to do here is just keep a moderate amount of distance, don't use
PK Fire unless you absolutely have to and rely solely on aerials/smashes.
Moves to watch out for include: usmash, nair, PKT (while recovering).


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-                            12. VS MODE STAGE STRATEGIES                     -
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

+----------------+
|  (12AA) . 75m  |
+----------------+

· Series:
Donkey Kong

· Dojo Description:
The arcade game Donkey Kong first appeared in 1981, and with it, the world's 
most famous video-game characters, Mario and Donkey Kong, were born.

Two years later, another version of the game appeared for the first FamiCom 
console. Both versions were amazing given the technology at the time.

So, we wanted to try to faithfully recreate those screens here!

75 meters is the height of the uppermost part of the construction site where 
Donkey Kong flees. Sometimes retro is cool. Why not try some of those 
up-and-coming characters and see how they handle the old-school style?

· Strategy:
There are short edges and a low ceiling, as well as plenty of space to use
your powerful aerials. It's a great map for Ness, but be sure that this
strategy doesn't backfire!

+------------------------+
|  (12AB) . Battlefield  |
+------------------------+

· Series:
Super Smash Bros.

· Dojo Description:
"Battlefield" is the type of stage where you can 
enjoy the most basic of matches.

There is one large platform with three pass-through platforms.
Despite its simplistic design, it gives birth to a wide array 
of strategies during battle.

· Strategy:
You can do just about anything you want on this stage since it's so simple.
There are no stage hazards or anything that will change the stage's setup,
so go nuts with Cannonballs and aerials. Keeping your opponent above on
the three platforms is probably your best bet here. The Headbutt will prove
its usefulness on stages like this. You could also jump high up near the edges
to set yourself up for the PK Cannonball. On simple places like this, I like
to use a Down Throw to get them on the sides, then attempt a Step Kick. It
really depends on your playing style, but you should have no limitations on
Battlefield.

+----------------------------+
|  (12AC) . Bridge of Eldin  |
+----------------------------+

· Series:
The Legend of Zelda

· Dojo Description:
This area appeared in the Wii game The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. 
If you've played that title, you ought to remember this place. 

· Strategy:
Although there is the risk of King Bulbin hitting you as he rides on by or
the bomb destroying your recovery attempt, this is a great stage for Ness.
Use attacks with high knockback to your advantage on the Bridge. It's your
best bet and you can even get some low percentage kills here. The Dropkick is
useful here. See the Advanced Techniques [09] for more details on the
Reverse Aerial Rush (06C).

+-------------------------+
|  (12AD) . Castle Siege  |
+-------------------------+

· Series:
Fire Emblem

· Dojo Description:
This stage represents the Fire Emblem world.

It's an enemy castle in the midst of battle - but it's not set in a particular 
castle, nor is it from a particular game in the series. 

· Strategy:
This is a great stage for Ness to play on. On the first area, you can
use the platforms and edges to your advantage. On the second, you can
KO at pretty much any percentage with your throws. Forward throw
destroys at low damage and back kills at high. The last area plays
very similar to Final Destination, so just scroll up and use that
strategy.

+--------------------------+
|  (12AE) . Delfino Plaza  |
+--------------------------+

· Series:
Mario

· Dojo Description:
This is the central town of Isle Delfino, the tropical setting of 
Super Mario Sunshine. Wow! That blue ocean is bright on the eyes.

This particular battle stage flies around the skies above the island.
After a thrilling landing, it becomes a normal battle stage.
There are several landing points.

This flight path repeats, providing great sightseeing and brawling.
The changing scenery is so beautiful, you get absorbed in it.

· Strategy:
Set yourself up for some aerial combos; whenever the stage shifts between
various areas of the plaza, you'll be on several floating platforms. When
your opponent gets closer, use the Around the World yo-yo to get them back
into the air. The dash attack works well even when you aren't on the floating
platforms, as it has a good amount of vertical knockback. The only problem
I've had when playing with Ness on this stage is when it comes to a part with
umbrellas on the floor. They just tend to get in the way of Cannonballs and
other attacks that are set up during the transition from floating to areas.

+---------------------------+
|  (12AF) . Distant Planet  |
+---------------------------+

· Series:
Pikmin

· Dojo Description:
Pikmin's protagonist, Captain Olimar, was forced to make 
an emergency landing on this unexplored planet.

Let's just call it the Distant Planet for now, shall we?

As you play, you'll see numbered Pellets fall from the Pellet Posies around 
the stage. Grab one of these and throw it into a nearby Onion to get items.

Also, this planet experiences frequent torrential downpours. When things get 
wet, you'll want to stay away from the hill on the left, as it gets pretty 
treacherous.

Oh yeah - there are some fierce creatures prowling the area, 
so watch your step.

· Strategy:
Meteor Smash your opponent on the rightside, use your throws on the left.
Other than this, you can play just like it's a smaller Battlefield.

+------------------------------+
|  (12AG) . Final Destination  |
+------------------------------+

· Series:
Super Smash Bros.

· Dojo Description:
There's always one of these, huh? This is the simplest stage.  
It's completely flat - no surprises here!

As for the terrain, there's just a flat platform and nothing else. There's not 
much to talk about either, so let's just look at the flow of the lovely scenery.

In Final Destination, the characters, who have been battling in more imaginary 
worlds, come closest to a real-world setting.

That's the reason why you feel like you begin far away and, bit by bit, 
arrive at a realistic world.

· Strategy:
Similar to Battlefield, you can set yourself up for almost anything here.
I suggest using PK Fire when opponents rush at you or use a Dash attack, due
to its high priority. The only disadvantage Ness has here is that there are
no platforms, so your primary focus in playing here is to get your opponent
in the air. No johns on this stage, it's purely based off skill if you battle.

+------------------------+
|  (12AH) . Flat Zone 2  |
+------------------------+

· Series:
Game and Watch

· Dojo Description:
This stage is 2-D, and for some reason everyone becomes two-dimensional 
when they fight here. It makes sense - this IS a Game & Watch.

So what is Game & Watch, exactly? Well, the Game & Watch series was made up 
of handheld electronic games that Nintendo began releasing in 1980. Over 
12 million were sold in Japan alone, creating a huge boom. New games in the 
series continued to be released even after the Super NES was launched in 1991.

Over time, the stage will change. Amidst the plethora of Game & Watch games, 
what could appear?

· Strategy:
Take note of the walk-off edges. Your bthrow and fthrow will KO at almost any
percent on this stage, so take advantage. PK Fire then go for a grab will
likely piss off your opponent.

+----------------------------+
|  (12AI) . Frigate Orpheon  |
+----------------------------+

· Series:
Metroid

· Dojo Description:
This appears in Metroid Prime. It's the first spaceship Samus infiltrates.
What really defines this stage is the way it rotates 180 degrees.

When the siren goes off, jump into the air to flee.
But when you're in a pinch, so is your opponent. 
Stall your opponent to take advantage!

· Strategy:
Not exactly a good map for Ness, if you're caught recovering while the
screen flips, you're fucked. Like .. completely. Otherwise, it isn't
a half-bad map and you could probably excel at it. I just avoid it
to lessen the risks.

+----------------------------+
|  (12AJ) . Green Hill Zone  |
+----------------------------+

· Series:
Sonic the Hedgehog

· Dojo Description:
Sonic's stage is a hidden stage. It's like the Sega Genesis makes a 
comeback as Nintendo hardware!

One of the key features of the terrain here is the big, gently sloping 
dip in the ground. It's a good place for Sonic to make runs through.

However, if it takes enough impacts from attacks, 
the middle sections of the ground drop off.

The surface splits in three places. As the terrain changes, your 
tactics also have to change. Take a look at the items that are appearing,
 your opponents, etc., and adjust accordingly.

· Strategy:
The slopes are going to make your fair very, very useful. Stay near the
bottom half and approach with your fair. If you can't stay at the centre,
you can always KO with your throws. Fthrow is amazing.

+--------------------+
|  (12AK) . Halberd  |
+--------------------+

· Series:
Kirby

· Dojo Description:
This stage begins in a hangar on the high seas. The platform follows the 
Halberd as it departs. Eventually, you land on the ship's deck.

Use extreme caution near the double-barreled battery! 
It launches beams and missiles and even attacks with its arm. 
Dodge it well and try to make it hit your foe!

· Strategy:
Although there are stages hazards that could potentially have this map
banned, it's pretty decent for Ness to play on. There are usually upper
platforms that you could use to your advantage with aerial attacks/yoyos.
There isn't really that much space off the main area to meteor, so using your
bair for KOs is your best bet here.

+---------------------+
|  (12AL) . Hanenbow  |
+---------------------+

· Series:
Electroplankton

· Dojo Description:
There's one stage where the My Music function won't work. 
That stage is called "Hanenbow," from the Electroplankton game.

Beautifully colored leaves are here and there.
The angles of the leaves change when you attack them.

Hanenbow jump up from the water below.
The Hanenbow don't have any effect on the players, 
but if they hit a leaf, they'll make a sound and rebound.

· Strategy:
Lots of platforms in this stage, so you'll want to make use of your
aerials. Depending on who you are facing, you should generally stay
in a single area of the map and play defensively.

+----------------------------+
|  (12AM) . Luigi's Mansion  |
+----------------------------+

· Series:
Mario

· Dojo Description:
What I'd really like you to look at are the 4 pillars in the house.
When you attack these pillars and destroy them, the area of the house 
supported by that pillar crumbles to pieces!

While it may seem unusually cruel to Luigi, you shouldn't hesitate to 
go ahead and smash down the house if it will give you the upper hand in a brawl.

...Besides, if you just wait a while, the place puts 
itself back together anyhow.

· Strategy:
Try to stay either on the very top floor or the bottom one. Ness doesn't
really have too much range with his attacks, so you'll be outranked in the
middle. If you're on top, it's the same general strategy, although the top
ceiling is very low, and you can KO much easier with aerials. Around the
World Yo-Yo and Headbutt is best here. Be sure to keep careful against
heavyweights and swordsmen due to their range. This is a great stage to
play against lighter characters (Luigi, Jigglypuff, Mr.Game & Watch, etc).

+-------------------------+
|  (12AN) . Lylat Cruise  |
+-------------------------+

· Series:
Star Fax

· Dojo Description:
The Lylat System is the general term for the region of space featured in 
the Star Fox games.

The fight rages on as the ship barrels through asteroids, dogfights, 
and even the atmosphere of Corneria. A-Are you going to be OK?

How are they breathing? And why is there gravity? 
I suggest that you not worry about it too much.

· Strategy:
Just like Battlefield, you have tons of space to pull off Cannonballs and
other risky attacks. There are lots of platforms, so as usual, use them
to your advantage. Juggling with uair and nair works great on this stage.

+------------------------+
|  (12AO) . Mario Bros.  |
+------------------------+

· Series:
Mario

· Dojo Description:
Speaking frankly, this stage throws all the basic rules of Smash out 
the window! Low ceilings over most areas of the stage make standard 
KOs much more difficult.

So, you'll just have to use the creatures wandering around the stage to 
do your dirty work. You can flip them on their backs by attacking them 
or by giving them a bump from below. Once they're upside down, 
grab 'em and chuck 'em at someone. If they hit an opponent, 
he or she will fly directly sideways!

You'll spend a lot of time taking flying Shellcreepers to the face 
and getting smacked by Sidesteppers roaming the stage.

The play style here is completely different from the variety you'll 
find on all other stages, so look forward to something new.

· Strategy:
Just like it was described on the Dojo itself, grab enemies and chuck
them at your enemies. lol.

+--------------------------+
|  (12AP) . Mario Circuit  |
+--------------------------+

· Series:
Mario Kart

· Dojo Description:
The Mario Circuit stage appears! Of course, we HAVE shown it briefly 
in past movies... This popular series makes an impressive debut.

It's a so-called figure-eight course, and you do battle at the 
crossing of the 8. It hurts when the karts racing around the track 
hit you. They come in from the side and from the back of the screen, 
so be careful.

The karts are serious about their race. You can get a general idea 
of their location on the screen in the back, so pay attention to it.

· Strategy:
This is one of my favourite stages to play on since the stage hazard
poses no real threat. It's very easy to see them coming since the
bigscreen in the background shows the racers' progress. Since the stage
has got walkoff edges, you'll want to fully take advantage of attacks with
high knockback. Your Back Throw is devastating on this stage and the 
Dropkick can also KO at lower percents. Other than that, you'll just 
have to DI and hit the ground if you're stuck in someone else's attacks.

+------------------------------+
|  (12AQ) . Mushroomy Kingdom  |
+------------------------------+

· Dojo Description:
Ah, the Mushroom Kingdom. Most Smash players recognize this place 
from previous games in the series, where the world was represented in 
a pixel-art style reminiscent of the original Super Mario Bros.

But why the "y" on the end of "Mushroom"? What's the difference?

-------------------
-  12AQ1. Ground  -
-------------------

· Series:
Mario

· Layout:
Recreation of 1-1 from Super Mario Bros

· Dojo Description:
This time around, we've designed a stage that recreates the 
layout of World 1-1 in Super Mario Bros.
- but with rich backgrounds added to the mix.

The kingdom you once knew has turned to ruins over the long years, 
and it is now your battlefield.

You'll get to enjoy a wide range of familiar structures. Also, 
since the stage slowly scrolls sideways, battles here will require 
you to come up with a very different strategy for winning.

· Strategy:
This is a tricky stage to play on since it's an auto-sidescroller.
Because of this, you can't really set yourself up for many combos since
there isn't much ground space and PK Cannonball would be near impossible
to pull off. You'll have to rely on Ness' only other advantage: aerials.
But since attacks get weaker after using them repeatedly, you'll have to
mix it up between your Headbutts, PK Barrage and Dropkicks. A well placed
meteor could get you an easy KO if they don't tech on the ground. (The
stage itself will defeat them)

------------------------
-  12AQ2. Underground  -
------------------------

· Series:
Mario

· Layout:
Recreation of 1-2 from Super Mario Bros

· Dojo Description:
Oh, and when you select this stage it will occasionally load an 
alternate underground stage.

· Strategy:
You can pretty much use the same strategy as the Ground version of this
stage, so just use your aerials wisely. The main difference I find in
this version is that you can pull off ground attacks easier since there
are less obstacles that limit you. Dash attack is great here and if you
can, a throw or two could get you an easy kill.

+--------------------------+
|  (12AR) . New Pork City  |
+--------------------------+

· Series:
MOTHER

· Dojo Description:
The scale of this stage is one of the grandest in the Smash Bros 
series. The scale is, say, about as same as that Temple stage - you 
know the one I'm talking about?

It's New Pork City.
It is a city of chaos.

At any rate, it's big, so if all someone does is run away, 
there will be no end to it. But with so much freedom, it 
becomes a giant playground.

Also, a monster known as the "Ultimate Chimera" appears on this stage.
If this guy sinks his teeth into you, it will launch you off in one blow. 
It's pretty much certain that if you get hit, you'll lose a life. 
But there's nothing you can do. I mean, it IS the Ultimate Chimera.

I'm no maaaaaaaatch...

· Strategy:
Avoid the Ultimate Chimera. Play hit and run with your aerials or play
defensively in the centre or rightside for easy damage racking. If you
stay on the right, you can KO with your bthrow at 60%-70%

+--------------------+
|  (12AS) . Norfair  |
+--------------------+

· Series:
Metrod

· Dojo Description:
Norfair is the location in Metroid where the enemy boss Ridley was. 
There was a lot of lava, and it seemed like a rather hot area.

As you can imagine, the lava level will indeed rise and cover the 
platforms. It's dangerous to touch it. That dangerous-to-the-touch lava 
comes flowing from a number of places, so be careful.

When the lava wave appears, a single safe area will also appear. 
If you can get in, you'll be safe...but surely there will be quite a 
battle for that spot. Yet another bit of back and forth.

You can barely dodge the massive lava wave with a great jump, 
but it's a little difficult. Besides, you KNOW you want to win 
the battle for that safe area.

· Strategy:
Such a great map. Not for Ness in particular. The lava can be a problem,
especially when recovering. Ness' ground game is pretty poor when compared
to a good amount of characters, so getting to the capsule can be a problem.
Ness can do decent when there are lots of platforms, being an aerialist,
but there are much better maps for Ness.

+-----------------------+
|  (12AT) . Picto Chat  |
+-----------------------+

· Series:
Nintendo DS

· Dojo Description:
There are only a few nonsense stages in the only "slightly" nonsensical 
Smash. But there isn't any stage more nonsensical than this.

PictoChat?! What is THIS?!

It's a fun little sketch-and-chat software with wireless 
functionality that's built into the Nintendo DS!

At first, there's nothing there. It's just flat.

If you wait a bit, terrain gets drawn in with a few stylus strokes
The doodles that appear will disappear after a while, 
and then something else will get drawn.

· Strategy:
Similar to Battlefield, you can set yourself up for almost anything here.
I suggest using PK Fire when opponents rush at you or use a Dash attack, due
to its high priority. The only disadvantage Ness has here is that there are
no platforms, so your primary focus in playing here is to get your opponent
in the air.

Whenever pictures appear, I suggest you try to hit your opponents into the
stage hazards and just avoid the rest. Use the platforms that appear to your
advantage.

+------------------------+
|  (12AU) . Pirate Ship  |
+------------------------+

· Series:
The Legend of Zelda

· Dojo Description:
It's the pirate ship from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. 
It's animated in a bright, cheerful style.
The ship will sail on no matter what difficulties it runs into. Bon voyage!

· Strategy:
The sloped surface doesn't do too much for PK Fire here, but you can still
pull it off if your opponent is in the centre. Whip out the yo-yo and try
your best to get them to the sides. From here, a simple bair or even
dair can KO here.

+------------------------------+
|  (12AV) . Pokemon Stadium 2  |
+------------------------------+

· Series:
Pokemon

· Dojo Description:
The previous game, Super Smash Bros. Melee, featured Pokémon Stadium, 
but it's been upgraded for this game into Pokémon Stadium 2. 

This time around, you'll see guest Pokémon appearing in the background.
Ordinarily, it's a fairly orthodox stage when nothing special is happening.

But as time passes, the terrain transforms into four different types:
"Electric," "Ground," "Flying," and "Ice."

For these four transformations, we've chosen types 
that were not present in Melee.

· Strategy:
The stage constantly changes here, but when there are extra platforms, you
can dominate the match. The only other true advantage for a Ness player on
this stage is when it comes to the 'air' comes into play. You and your
opponent will float around, making Ness "super effective" against ground
types, as well as flying types. Nair and fair can rack up damage like it's
nothing here, but be careful you don't use up your jumps while floating
around. You could be screwed when it comes time to recover.

+---------------------------------+
|  (12AW) . Port Town Aero Drive  |
+---------------------------------+

· Series:
F-Zero

· Dojo Description:
Port Town Aero Dive is the huge track that appears in F-Zero GX/AX.

The main platform for this stage zooms along the track, stopping randomly 
in several locations, each of which has its own unique terrain.

Since this is a rather daring course, the configuration of the 
terrain in each location within it is appropriately treacherous. 
Expect lots of steep slopes and ups and downs.

Sometimes the platform will even separate completely from the track. 
When it does, you're in store for some really great views of the course.

· Strategy:
It's basically a rehashed F-Zero edition of Delfino Plaza. Seriously,
there are so many similarities, it's madness (THIS IS SPARTAAAAAA!).
The fact that the area changes so often can be a good thing or a bad
thing depending on how your opponent is playing. It can be great for
a defensive strategy, but horrible for keeping your juggle.

+-------------------------+
|  (12AX) . Rumble Falls  |
+-------------------------+

· Series:
Donkey Kong

· Dojo Description:
This stage is based on the look and feel of Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat, 
which was played using the DK Bongos.

The key here is to keep climbing up and up.

The screen slowly scrolls upward, so if you don't want to get left
 behind, you'd better get to climbing. Oh, and don't forget to pummel 
your opponents on the way.

· Strategy:
It's pretty much an updated/DKified Glacier Mountain (Melee). The stage slowly
cascades upwards, along with a seemingly random assortment of platforms. In
reality, it's all the same and just repeats when you reach the top. Similar
to Mushroomy Kingdom, it's going to be tough to hit your Cannonball. Aerials
and Yo-Yos work great on Rumble Falls.

+--------------------------------+
|  (12AY) . Shadow Moses Island  |
+--------------------------------+

· Series:
Metal Gear Solid

· Dojo Description:
This stage recreates the structure in front of the helipad on 
Shadow Moses Island. Walls tower over the stage on the left and right, 
giving it a caged death-match feel.

You can destroy the walls on the left and right with attacks. 
Those who aren't skilled at launching foes upward may want to be 
proactive about attacking them. Oh, and occasionally a Metal Gear 
will appear from the background.

· Strategy:
A very tough stage for a Ness player. You'll have to rely on getting your
opponent to a very high percent to KO or using uthrow/uair. =/

+---------------------+
|  (12AZ) . Skyworld  |
+---------------------+

· Series:
Kid Icarus

· Dojo Description:
Behold the Kid Icarus stage! You can go ahead and call it Pit's 
home turf if you like. The floor's crumbling construction 
makes it easy to shatter...

Not having a floor does increase the danger factor, though. 
Why? Because it's a long way down, that's why! Mastering this 
element is one key to gaining the upper hand. The floor quickly 
regenerates, so it's important to keep your eyes on it.

· Strategy:
Play it exactly like it were Battlefield even though it looks completely
different and is actually set up a bit different too. I usually camp
at the top left platform and use aerials and yo-yos when they get close.

+-----------------------+
|  (12BA) . Smashville  |
+-----------------------+

· Series:
Animal Crossing

· Dojo Description:
Wait a second... Is this...an Animal Crossing stage?! 
And the name...well... Go ahead and poke fun if you must.

It's very clearly the world of Animal Crossing - even the changing scenery 
of day and night is determined by the Wii's internal clock.

If you play a match here on Saturday at 8PM...
Oh, I'm too excited to even say it!

That's right, a live performance. It's a good time to be alive...

· Strategy:
It's like Final Destination with a platform that sets you up for aerials.
PK Fire/Dash attacks are your friends, especially since it's sometimes easier
for people to recover to the small platform, rather than the ledge.

+-------------------------+
|  (12BB) . Spear Pillar  |
+-------------------------+

· Series:
Pokemon

· Dojo Description:
Spear Pillar is the area where Dialga or Palkia could once be found.

The stage is composed of two areas; a sort of holy ground above and a 
cavelike structure below. Naturally you can expect appearances from none 
other than Dialga and Palkia!!

When you enter the stage, you may notice a slight bluish or purplish 
tint to the scenery. This coloring, which indicates the Diamond or 
Pearl versions of the stage, is decided at random each time you play.

The former color indicates Dialga will appear, while the latter color 
scheme heralds the coming of Palkia. Each of these Pokémon cause 
different effects to occur on the stage.

Hmm, those are some supernatural effects. One should expect nothing 
less from these Legendary Pokémon. You can also expect guest appearances 
by Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf. Additionally, aside from Dialga and Palkia 
you might occasionally see another Pokémon pop up.

· Strategy:
Hit and run works well against mid and heavy weight characters. When the
legendary Pokemon appear here, it makes me want to suicide and start a
new game on a different map. Seriously, I just can't stand it and have
no specific strategy for fighting here.

+-------------------+
|  (12BC) . Summit  |
+-------------------+

· Series:
Ice Climbers

· Dojo Description:
The summit? The summit of what? If you must know, I suppose it's the 
summit of Icicle Mountain. And I guess there are vegetables there after all.

At first glance, it appears to be a normal glacial peak. But after you fight 
for a while... A pop! A crack! It's breaking?! Th-the terrain is sliding 
downhill! It's finally arrived at the sea. And with a splash, too!

Hmm. Talk about hectic. And rumor has it, you can't get careless once 
you've reached the sea. The polar bear is pushing the iceberg deeper!

A fish leaps out of the water!
I feel like I've seen that fish before somewhere... 
Where could it have been?

· Strategy:
Stay in the middle sections of the Summit if you really want to play it safe.
If not, go straight for the bottom section and be careful. During the section
where the Summit moves around towards the sea, play in the air and get the
easy KO, since your aerials have such high priority. Just be careful if your
opponent has attacks with disjointed hitboxes.

+----------------------------+
|  (12BD) . Wario Ware Inc.  |
+----------------------------+

· Series:
Wario Ware

· Dojo Description:
In the WarioWare games, you must master a variety of microgames in 5 
seconds, making them the fastest and shortest games ever. You might want 
to look into it in more detail.

In trying to recreate that atmosphere in Smash Bros. Brawl, we've created 
an outrageous stage! For each challenge you clear, there is, 
of course, a reward.

· Strategy:
If you're fighting seriously here, follow the minigames, unless you can
get a KO while your opponent makes a fool of themselves. I suggest doing
so during the "Stay Still" game. In the one where you pop balloons or
something, Ness can hit multiple targets at a time with fair since there
are 5 hitboxes on it. Aside from the minigames and horrible reward system,
you should just play normally as if you were on Lylat Cruise or Battlefield.

+---------------------------+
|  (12BE) . Yoshi's Island  |
+---------------------------+

· Series:
Yoshi

· Dojo Description:
The pastel stage of Yoshi's Island... Mmm... It feels nice and peaceful here.
Shy Guys often make guest appearances, and the Support Ghost can appear 
suddenly, aiding players on occasion.

· Strategy:
It's your typical generic stage with midair platforms that Ness players seem
to love to play on. So what is there to do? Use your aerials, of course! It's
the same general strategy you've seen previously, except for the top platform.
It will dip downwards if you stay on it too long, so you can use this to your
advantage. Stand on one side that's closest to your opponent (while dodging
whatever they throw against you) and drop through the platform while pulling
out a Dropkick.

+---------------------+
|  (12CA) . Big Blue  |
+---------------------+

· Series:
F-Zero

· Dojo Description:
This unique stage has a real sense of breakneck speed to it.
Get the jump on the opponent from one of the F-Zero machines cruising by.

· Strategy:
This is the most dangerous out of all the levels with stage hazards and
side-scrollers. You'll fight on top of F-Zero racecars and if you fall off
onto the track, you'll be left in the dust - almost certain death. Your
bat and bthrow are very useful here and can get you some easy kills.

Most players will put their efforts on keeping their life at bay, but being
the aerial guru Ness is, you can counter this by keeping a constant barrage
of attacks. 

+---------------------+
|  (12CB) . Brinstar  |
+---------------------+

· Series:
Metroid

· Dojo Description:
It's the dreaded, legendary ocean of acid!
The rising and falling ocean of acid changes the field of play greatly.

· Strategy:
Your standard generic stage is here, with a random stage hazard that
apparently makes it 'unique' from all the rest. Play like you were on
Battlefield and make sure you recover properly. Not much to say here.

+---------------------+
|  (12CC) . Corneria  |
+---------------------+

· Series:
Star Fox

· Dojo Description:
Battle atop the Great Fox!
Of course, Arwings come flying in, too.

· Strategy:
Ness' cheap stage! (Y) Stand on the laser on the leftside and you can
literally wait for your opponent to approach, then KO them with a throw.
When the lasers fire, you can just hold your Magnet and heal all your %.

If you don't want to be a total asshat, you COULD play on top of Corneria,
but it isn't as fun. Seriously, Ness doesn't play that well here since it
is slightly not horizontal. PK Fire becomes useless unless you're the one
at the top part of the stage.

+-------------------------+
|  (12CD) . Green Greens  |
+-------------------------+

· Series:
Kirby

· Dojo Description:
This stage is just hanging in space like some floating island.
Whispy Woods and the trademark stacking blocks made it here intact.

· Strategy:
This is a horrible stage for Ness to play on. It'd be best to just
completely avoid it if possible. The platforms in the middle of the
stage make it impossible to hit with PKT2 and the blocks can really get
in your way.

+-------------------------+
|  (12CE) . Jungle Japes  |
+-------------------------+

· Series:
Donkey Kong

· Dojo Description:
Here's Cranky Kong's shack and outhouse.
Fierce rushing waters flow beneath the platforms!

· Strategy:
Because of the waters, it is a very tough level to play on, especially
since Ness' greatest strength comes from the air. Your best bet here is
to make use of your throws and the attacks that encompass follow-up.

+------------------+
|  (12CF) . Onett  |
+------------------+

· Series:
MOTHER (Earthbound)

· Dojo Description:
The offensive and defensive struggles on the buildings of Onett return!
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Watch out for cars.

· Strategy:
Ness' hometown. Ness' greatest fear. Ness' stage where just like in
Earthbound, Ness was weak. Seriously, there isn't anything in Ness'
arsenal that can save you here unless you are truly skilled. It doesn't
give you enough space to use your more powerful attacks and there are
so many platforms that aerials aren't that great either. Yo-Yos are
great on this stage, but that's about it.

+----------------------------+
|  (12CG) . Pokemon Stadium  |
+----------------------------+

· Series:
Pokemon

· Dojo Description:
Pokémon Stadium 2 is available in Brawl but we've brought back 
the original as well. Just like the newer iteration of this stage, 
Melee Pokémon Stadium's terrain transforms into four different types.

Fire Type:  It calls to mind the charred aftermath of a volcanic eruption.
Water Type: The real star of this terrain is probably the waterwheel.
Rock Type:  The towering mass of rock on the left side of the screen is this 
            terrain's distinguishing feature.

Lastly, here's the Grass Type. This one's comparatively 
simple in its structure.

· Strategy:
When there is no terrain change, it is a great stage for Ness. There's tons
of space and even two platforms that are very far apart and you can set
yourself up for PKT2 and your aerials.

+---------------------------+
|  (12CH) . Rainbow Cruise  |
+---------------------------+

· Series:
Mario

· Dojo Description:
Tour the course in this forced scrolling stage.
The boat sinks mid-trip and you embark on a roundabout tour!

· Strategy:
This another of Ness' better levels to play on since Ness can absolutely
dominate in the air. Ness has a huge second jump that has an awkward
property, making you hard to approach. Aerial attacks are even easier to
hit on this stage since it scrolls in every possible direction. And since
there's no defined edge, your throws become just that much more powerful.

+--------------------------+
|  (12CI) . Hyrule Temple  |
+--------------------------+

· Series:
The Legend of Zelda

· Dojo Description:
This is the Temple stage from the last installment, Super Smash Bros. Melee.
I think that based on my updates so far, you probably understand that we've
created plenty of stages. But we wanted to do more, so we've brought back a 
number of stages that appeared in the last game.

It's perfect for those who like pursuit. We've tried to create an exact 
replica, but there may be a few areas that differ from the last game. 
I hope you understand.

· Strategy:
This stage is huge and you should have tons of space to do just about anything
you want to. However, the stage is a fucking monster and you'll be screwed in
the long run. Ness' finishers need certain setups and the Temple just doesn't
provide that. Being such light weight, you'll also get knocked around lots if
you can't tech properly. Not your best choice of stages if you ask me.

+---------------------------+
|  (12CJ) . Yoshi's Island  |
+---------------------------+

· Series:
Yoshi

· Dojo Description:
The steep slopes on either side are its defining characteristic.
That central platform screams "accident!"

· Strategy:
This stage just isn't built for Ness. The blocks get in the way of certain
aerial chase tactics and other attacks. The only perk on this map is that you
can use your fair while rising the sloped interface.

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-                            13. CLASSIC MODE                                 -
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Classic Mode is comprised of a total of 14 stages, where you choose a single
character to complete them all. You can also alter the difficulty and amount
of stock (lives) you start with.
 
Here is the basic breakdown of what you'll be facing:
11 - Stock Matches
2  - Break the Targets
1  - Boss Battle

Each stock match has its own conditions, which basically encompass who you
are going to fight. These conditions are explained below.

+----------------------+
|  (13A) . Versus One  |
+----------------------+

Nothing special here, it's just a straight up fight to the death. Your
opponent only has a single stock, so just try to do your best. For strategies
to play against certain characters, read above to the Character Strategy
section.

+--------------------+
|  (13B) . Tag Team  |
+--------------------+

In this type of match, you'll square off against two enemies, but you'll also
have an ally to help you. jk! Your ally doesn't really do much to help you,
so I always see it as a one versus two and you have a dummy to take damage
while you finish off the first enemy. After your ally dies, which will often
happen, you should just try your best to KO a single opponent at a time. This
way, they won't have as big of an advantage against you.

+------------------------+
|  (13C) . Versus Three  |
+------------------------+

It's actually a free for all match, but you'll have to be the last man
standing to advance in Classic. It is very easy to camp at one side while
shooting off PK Thunder and PK Flash into your opponents that are too busy
to avoid it, fighting against each other.

+------------------------+
|  (13D) . Giant Battle  |
+------------------------+

It..it's huge! Seriously, you can spam every aerial in your arsenal against
giant enemies and they'll just stand there and take it. Sure, their attacks
are much more powerful and with that, have more knockback, but they're just
too big to miss with any of your attacks. KOing with your fsmash is your
best bet here, but it's also easy to meteor.

+------------------------+
|  (13E) . Metal Battle  |
+------------------------+

Your opponent has the properties of the Metal Box for the entire match and
it'll either make it easier or harder to KO them. It just depends on how
you approach them. Utilt juggles become so much easier to do for racking up
damage and PK Fire is super special awesome. Your bat becomes a great
finisher, along with your fthrow/bthrow.

+-----------------------------+
|  (13F) . Break the Targets  |
+-----------------------------+

Two stages are dedicated to Target Smash levels. On Easy, you will participate 
in a Level 1 and Level 2 Target Smash. On Normal, it'll be Level 2 and Level 
3. Level 3 and Level 4 for Hard, and two Level 5s for Insane. Just remember 
that if you fail to complete the Target Smash by dying, you will lose a life 
just like if you got KOed in a battle. Read below in the Stadium section for
strategies to Break the Targets.

+------------------------------------------+
|  (13G) . BOSS: Master Hand + Crazy Hand  |
+------------------------------------------+

What you'll want to do in this fight is to learn all his attacks and dodge
them until you can get some healing. Hopefully you don't get this guy (?)
early on in your Intense run. I suggest jumping and using a bair, then time
your second jump+bair so that you don't go too high. After doing so, I like
to use an aerial dodge on the way down just in case he'll pull out a fast
Finger Walk at close range. Master Hand has got plenty of attacks, none of
which are too hard to avoid. Master Hand is a gimme and shouldn't pose any
sort of a threat when you fight him. You should be able to dodge all his
attacks at ease and end the battle with no damage.
                                                                               
Handgun: (did u c wut i did thar?) This is what you'll be waiting for when 
fighting him. Pull out your PSI Magnet the moment you see him form a 
gun-shape pointing at you. You'll absorb the attack and heal yourself for 
60 percent.
                                                                               
Finger Twist: This is the hardest thing to dodge. Run to the edge and drop to
the ledge. When you see him coming down, let go and jump to the side. Take as 
much time as you can and use up your third jump to get back up.
                                                                               
Finger Lasers: These lasers are tough to avoid if you started off in front of
him when they come out. I suggest dodge rolling until you can get behind him, 
then deal your damage.
                                                                               
Triple Poke: Stay on one side of Final Destination and run to the other side
closer to when the attack is coming. You should be out of range.
                                                                               
Everything else of his is very easy to dodge, you just have to air dodge.
Double jump to air dodge avoids EVERYTHING other than these three.
                                                                               
Crazy Hand is actually easier to fight compared to Master Hand. He's got most
of the same attacks, give or take a few (Finger Walk) and there's more of a
warning when he's about to hit. Dodge roll and spam aerials - that's all there
is to it.

The best strategy in beating both of them together is to stay airborne and
aerial dodge at appropriate times. Killing off Master Hand first is essential
if you're doing this on Intense.


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-                            14. ALL-STAR MODE                                -
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------


You are only given a single stock to defeat every character on the roster!
Any percentile damage inflicted to you is carried on to the next round.
Between rounds, you are taken to a safe haven where there are 3 Heart
Containers that you can use for recovery between matches. Do not use these
after every match, you are ONLY given 3 for the entire Mode. In addition
to these Hearts, trophies will randomly appear on the leftside after matches.
The centre of the haven has a portal, which warps you to your next game.
The order you fight characters in is always:

01. Mr. Game & Watch
02. Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser
03. Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong
04. Ice Climbers
05. R.O.B.
06. Link, Toon Link, Ganondorf, Zelda/Sheik
07. Samus/Zero Suit Samus
08. Pit
09. Snake
10. Ness, Lucas
11. Marth, Ike
12. Yoshi
13. Captain Falcon
14. Sonic
15. Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede
16. Fox, Falco, Wolf
17. Wario
18. Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Lucario, Squirtle, Ivysaur, Charizard
19. Olimar


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-                            15. STADIUM                                      -
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                               
+-----------------------------+
|  (15A) . Break the Targets  |
+-----------------------------+
                                                                               
Note: These are my own personal strategies and I'm sure there are better ones
out there. If you want to submit your own strategy (that supplies a lower time)
just email me, along with a video proving the time. As of writing, I only have
decent times for the first two levels of Break the Targets (BtT)
                                                                               
RAPE THE TARGETS!!
                                                                               
---------------------
-  15A1. Level One  -
---------------------
                                                                               
Average Time:
10s to 12s
                                                                               
Dash to the right from the start and short hop a down-air through the floor
to hit the target beneath you. You'll want to hop just above the second
bracket of the fence. Continuing right, short hop a forward-air, then keep 
dashing right. Jump and forward-air the higher target. Fall down and use 
yet another forward-air on the lower target. Dash to the left and pivot to 
face right when approaching the edge. Use a PK Fire as you fall. Use up your 
second jump backwards towards the next target and use a neutral-air. Run a 
bit to the left, jump, and use your neutral air. Fall left, closer to the 
bottom target and use your second jump and another neutral air to hit both 
targets. Aim a PK Thunder to hit the last target in the top left corner.
                                                                               
---------------------
-  15A2. Level Two  -
---------------------
                                                                               
Average Time:
15s to 16s
                                                                               
Jump straight up and use a neutral air. Use the second jump to get to the
right platform. Double jump to the left platform and grab the Smart Bomb.
Double jump again to the higher platform. Short hop and throw the Smart Bomb
at the target to your left. In time, the blast radius will grow just big
enough to break the one above where you are. Jump to the right and use a
forward-air. Fall to the left and use your second jump + neutral-air on
the next target. Make sure to fall on the platform on your left instead of
plummeting down. Jump left across the gap while using a forward-air on the
next target. Use up your second jump while doing a neutral-air on the box.
The box will fall down and hit two targets on the slope. Double jump up
to the higher platform and grab the Cracker Launcher. Tap A once to hit the
top left target and jump up and tap A to get the last target.
                                                                               
-----------------------
-  15A3. Level Three  -
-----------------------

Coming soon!

----------------------
-  15A4. Level Four  -
----------------------

Coming soon!

----------------------
-  15A5. Level Five  -
----------------------

Coming soon!

+---------------------------+
|  (15B) . Homerun Contest  |
+---------------------------+

World Record Strategy:

1. Pivot grab the bat
2. Smash throw the bat
3. Jump right & catch the bat mid-air
4. Bat drop with dair
5. Side smash tipper
6. Bat drop with bair
7. Bat drop with nair
8. Jump left and dair
9. Bat drop with dair
10. Bat drop with dair
11. Catch the bat
12. dtilt twice
13. Homerun Bat tipper

+---------------------------+
|  (15C) . Multi-Man Brawl  |
+---------------------------+

------------------------
-  15C1. 10 Man Brawl  -
------------------------

Under 10 Seconds strategy coming soon!

-------------------------
-  15C2. 100 Man Brawl  -
-------------------------

Completing the longer Multi-Man Brawls such as this one, you'll need
to know what attacks can KO alloys at ease. Defeating 100 alloys
shouldn't be something that is of great pain; 15 Minute should be
the toughest Multi-Man challenge out there for a Ness player. Even
still, it isn't that hard. Aside from the fact that this isn't
the hardest challenge, let's get to your movelist and what attacks
you SHOULD be using.

usmash
· Hits and KOs alloys approaching your sides and from above

fsmash
· KOs alloys approaching from the ground

bair
· KOs newly spawned alloys when approaching them from the bottom

uair
· KOs just about anything on the upper platforms

Generally, you don't really need much strategy for this battle. It's
just a matter of getting KOs without 

--------------------------
-  15C3. 3 Minute Brawl  -
--------------------------

Coming soon!

---------------------------
-  15C4. 15 Minute Brawl  -
---------------------------

Coming soon!

-------------------------
-  15C5. Endless Brawl  -
-------------------------

Coming soon!

-----------------------
-  15C6. Cruel Brawl  -
-----------------------
                                                                               
My record on Cruel Brawl using Ness is 27. To get a score close to this
(or better!), follow this basic strategy:
                                                                               
Dodge roll twice to the left/right so that you're close to the edge. Jump off
to the side and use a PK Cannonball towards the herd of Alloys. Quickly get
away from the center of the stage and jump to the side once again. This time,
grab the ledge and drop. If you're feeling like you need to play defensive,
use your ledge getup attack for some easy damage, but you'd better be damn
sure it'll hit all the Alloys. Otherwise ..using your slick second jump, 
you can dodge their attacks while gaining some vert. Do another PK Cannonball.
                                                                               
Lather, rinse, repeat. Just be careful.
                                                                               
+------------------------+
|  (15D) . Boss Battles  |
+------------------------+
                                                                               
Intense Boss Battles is probably one of the harder things to accomplish in
Brawl on the Challenge Menu. Most people I've talked to prefer to use Fox
or Lucas for Boss Battles, but I'm going to explain how to triumph as Ness.
                                                                               
                                                                               
                        +-----------------------------+
                        |                             |
                        |      WARNING: SPOILERS      |
                        |        APPROACHING!!        |
                        |                             |
                        +-----------------------------+
                                                                               
Note: This section will reveal all the bosses for the Subspace Emissary,
      as well as Classic Mode. This is the last section of the Ness Guide
      so just scroll up if you don't want to see this.
                                                                               
                                                                               
Here's a rundown of what you're going to have to do. Boss Battles consists of
a total of 10 Bosses to defeat. In this situation, you are given 3 Heart
Containers to use inbetween matchups and one stock (similar to All-Star Mode).
This means that you're going to have to ration the Hearts to roughly one per
three or even four matches you've won. I like the idea of saving one for right
before the final battle with Tabuu, since his attacks have such huge
knockback. Anyways, let's get to it. I'll start it off by listing the Bosses
in several different orders.
                                                                               
Difficulty: Self-explanatory
Damage/Healing: If you're following my strategies, at the end of the bottom
                two battles, you should wind up with a low percentage or zero.
Choice Order: The PERFECT order to fight the Bosses in.
                                                                               
   +------------+          +----------------+       +--------------+
   | Difficulty |          | Damage/Healing |       | Choice Order |
   +------------+          +----------------+       +--------------+
    · Petey                 · Master Hand             · Porky
    · Master Hand           · Duon                    · Ridley
    · Crazy Hand            · Petey                   · Duon 
    · Metaridley            · Crazy Hand              · Rayquaza 
    · Ridley                · Metaridley              · Galleom 
    · Duon                  · Ridley                  · Metaridley
    · Galleom               · Galleom                 · Master Hand
    · Porky                 · Porky                   · Crazy Hand 
    · Rayquaza              · Rayquaza                · Petey 
    · Tabuu                 · Tabuu                   · Tabuu
                                                                               
                                                                               
Since you're going to have to use a heart inbetween 3/4 matches, the choice
order list makes best sense if you put a break inbetween certain parts.
I've found it easy to dodge Duon/Master Hand, so I just dodge until they
can heal me, then get the KO. With the right order, it's very possible to
defeat 5 or 6 in a row without using a Heart. Since Ness' aerial attacks own
so hard, that's what you'll use here. In the entire run, I hardly ever end
up using all of Ness' attacks.
                                                                               
· bair: Your main damage dealer. With both jumps, you can get 3-4 hits.
· uair: For flying/floating bosses. Hit while on the way down from jumps.
· fair: Defensive attack - there isn't much lag coming out of it.
· PK Fire: Deals semi-decent damage from a bit of a range
· PK Thunder: Ranged + controlled attack. Best used against Metaridley
· PK Flash: For flying/floating bosses when they're in ending lag of attacks
· PSI Magnet: Healing. 'Nuff said
· Piston Kicks: Very risky, yet effective move. Just spam it at close range
                                                                               
------------------
-  15D01. Petey  -
------------------
                                                                               
If you're careful, he shouldn't deal any damage to you. Use PK Fire on the
cages if you're feeling cautious, or time double jumps and spam aerials.
                                                                               
He's got two different attacks: Cage Swipe and Jumping. If he swings a
cage, either stay out of the way and use a projectile or you'll be timing
your jumps to avoid them in the first place. A way to get your jumps in
synch is to run to the middle of him and wait for him to Cage Swipe. Jump
to avoid it while using an aerial and use your second jump and another.
On your way down, you should be able to do 2 more aerials, but if you
can't, just use one. He'll go down quickly this way. If he jumps, just
run to the opposite side or jump out of the way. If you're feeling confident,
you could use an aerial or two on his way down.
                                                                               
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-  15D02. Master Hand  -
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What you'll want to do in this fight is to learn all his attacks and dodge
them until you can get some healing. Hopefully you don't get this guy (?)
early on in your Intense run. I suggest jumping and using a bair, then time
your second jump+bair so that you don't go too high. After doing so, I like
to use an aerial dodge on the way down just in case he'll pull out a fast
Finger Walk at close range. Master Hand has got plenty of attacks, none of
which are too hard to avoid. Master Hand is a gimme and shouldn't pose any
sort of a threat when you fight him. You should be able to dodge all his
attacks at ease and end the battle with no damage.
                                                                               
Handgun: (did u c wut i did thar?) This is what you'll be waiting for when 
fighting him. Pull out your PSI Magnet the moment you see him form a 
gun-shape pointing at you. You'll absorb the attack and heal yourself for 
60 percent.
                                                                               
Finger Twist: This is the hardest thing to dodge. Run to the edge and drop to
the ledge. When you see him coming down, let go and jump to the side. Take as 
much time as you can and use up your third jump to get back up.
                                                                               
Finger Lasers: These lasers are tough to avoid if you started off in front of
him when they come out. I suggest dodge rolling until you can get behind him, 
then deal your damage.
                                                                               
Triple Poke: Stay on one side of Final Destination and run to the other side
closer to when the attack is coming. You should be out of range.
                                                                               
Everything else of his is very easy to dodge, you just have to air dodge.
Double jump to air dodge avoids EVERYTHING other than these three.
                                                                               
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-  15D03. Crazy Hand  -
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Crazy Hand is actually easier to fight compared to Master Hand. He's got most
of the same attacks, give or take a few (Finger Walk) and there's more of a
warning when he's about to hit. Dodge roll and spam aerials - that's all there
is to it.
                                                                               
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-  15D04. Metaridley  -
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Metaridley is just another one of those 0% battles if you're careful. From the
start of the battle, just double jump and spam aerial dodges until you've
dodged the first attack. Metaridley takes a good amount of time to return to
the stage, so jump+bair twice and you can even throw in an uair on the way
down. Double jump immediately to dodge and you've pretty much won.
                                                                               
Rapid Fire: You'll probably be in your double jump by now, so you can just
fall to the left (preferably the ledge). At this point, jump up to behind its
head, since it can't get you from here.
                                                                               
Triple Fireball: Ridley grabs the leftside of the Falcon Flyer and will shoot
a total or 3 fireballs, all while weighing the stage down. I suggest 
approaching the rightside of the stage and hitting him with PK Thunder. If
you're lucky, one hit will knock him off the ship and he'll go back to his
usual pattern. Otherwise, be careful dodging the fireballs, your only option
here is to air dodge them. If you can react to this attack quick enough, you
can knock off a good chunk of damage to Metaridley with your bat and the attack
will also finish.
                                                                               
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-  15D05. Ridley  -
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He's TOO BIG! You can dodge all of this big guy's attacks just by running or
double jumping. His attacks aren't even worth mentioning here. If you're 
having trouble with him, email me, but I won't get into much detail here. You
can just use aerial attacks and aerial dodge.
                                                                               
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-  15D06. Duon  -
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Duon, for most characters is a curse. I see it as a blessing. You can somewhat
control when you want to heal (it isn't that tough) and his attacks aren't
too troublesome to dodge. The blueside's physical attacks can be aerial dodged
and the bombs aren't too much of a problem. Double jump+aerial dodge while
approaching Duon to get in a few easy hits. What you'll want to take note of
is the pink side's attacks:
                                                                               
Lasers: You can't absorb these, so don't even bother. A double jump will
typically dodge two of them and the last can be avoided with an aerial dodge
(no timing involved).
                                                                               
Rapid Fire: If the pink side is facing you and just staying there idle, you
can get it to use this attack by standing like so:
                                                                               
|-D-------N----|
                                                                               
Stand at about this range and use PSI Magnet for about 20-30 percent per shot.
                                                                               
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-  15D07. Galleom  -
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For such a huge target, he sure goes down fast. Start the fight off by running
at him with a RAR and an aerial dodge. Galleom's attacks are VERY animated and
gives you such a huge warning beforehand, it seems like he should be lower in
the difficulty list. The thing is that .. well, his attacks are huge and
powerful if they connect. The stage itself has walk-off edges, so you have to
be very careful with your DI when you get hit. Generally, you'll be pummeling
down on him with your bair and when he looks like he's going to attack, use
an aerial dodge. If he goes into his tank form, jump over him. If he does this
and the camera zooms out a bit. Run around, he's going to attack from above.
                                                                               
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-  15D08. Porky  -
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And finally we're approaching the high maintenance bosses to fight. Porky is
tough to battle, but is a pretty big target (pun not intended). What you'll
want to do is finish this guy off as quick as possible, since his attacks are
so tough to avoid. Personally, I just restart my run if he gets attacks on me.
If anyone has indepth information on dodging him, let me know (email). Well ..
for purposes of a guide, this isn't much help since I have trouble with it. 
To get this guy down before he can attack, use this strategy:
                                                                               
Dash > RAR > Second Jump > bair > fall on opposite side > fair > fair
                                                                               
Just repeat, but substitute the Dash/RAR with a jump.
                                                                               
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-  15D09. Rayquaza  -
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He roars before pretty much every attack, so be ready to double jump or run.
Not much to say here except to time your attacks and learn his.
He'll start the fight off by either Switching Sides or a Tail Swipe. 
Generally, you can avoid most of his attacks by just staying in the air.
                                                                               
Tail Swipe: Lasts quite a while, stay in the air while attacking.
                                                                               
Switch Sides: A double jump should suffice to dodge it. Rayquaza will come
at you with its head and turn around to the other side.
                                                                               
Dig: I seem to always get hit by this attack, but I guess it could be dodged
by rolling or aerial dodge. When Rayquaza continually pops out of the ground,
slowly walk away, just enough to stay out of range of the attack. At this
point, you can hit him with the Bat for some easy damage.
                                                                               
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-  15D10. Tabuu  -
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Damn this guy is a bitch to fight. RROD is an instant kill, and some of his
attacks are unpredictable and can KO you at above 50%. Most of his attacks
are really flashy and happen on the left/right side of the stage. Generally,
like all bosses, jump and dodge. Attack when he crosses his arms and when he
teleports around the stage, but be careful.
                                                                               
Red Ring of Death: Stand on the ground and wait. Sidestep. Wait half a second.
Sidestep. Wait half a second. Sidestep. It's really that simple.
                                                                               
                                                                               
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Version Updates:
  Version 0.50 - March 8, 2008
     Basic Formatting
     Began to main Ness in Brawl
  Version 1.00 - March 15, 2008
     First Draft
     Rejected for Lack of Content (No Character Strategies)
  Version 1.25 - March 17, 2008
     Added Character Strategies Section (First Row Complete)
     Added Cruel Brawl Strategy
     Minor revisions in Introduction
     Added Finishers Section
     Added ASCII Banner
     Rejected for Lack of Content (All Character Strategies Needed)
  Version 1.50
     Added PKT2 Barrier
     Revised Cruel Brawl Strategy
     Revised Level One Break the Targets
     Added Character Strategies for almost everyone
     Revised intro paragraph of Movelist
     Accepted and got over 9000 views within 3 days
  Version 2.00
     Added KO Power Section to Final Smash
     Added VS Single Opponent Section to Final Smash
     Added VS Multiple Opponents Section to Final Smash
     Added History of Moves Section
     Added Down-Throw to Combo Strategy
     Added Jigglypuff Strategy
     Removed ASCII Banner
     Added ASCII Logo
     Organized General Layout of FAQ
     Added Codec Script
     Added My Taunts
     Added Idle Animations
     Added Dash Attack
     Created List of PSI Magnet's Absorption
     Took note of PSI Magnet Repel
     Took note of Bat Smash's Reflect
  Version 2.10
     Revised Ike Strategy
     Added Luigi's Mansion
     Added Hyrule Castle 64
     Added to the PSI Absorption List
  Version 2.50
     Added Intense Boss Battles Section
     Revised Pikachu Strategy
     Revised C.Falcon Strategy
     Revised Bowser Strategy
     Added Directional Side-Tilt
     Added Wolf Strategy
     Revised Metaknight Strategy
  Version 2.60
     Added Mushroomy Kingdom
     Added Mario Circuit
     Added Pirate Ship
     Added Rumble Falls
  Version 2.75
     Added Norfair
     Added Frigate Orpheon
     Added Battleship Halberd
     Added Lylat Cruise
     Added Pokemon Stadium 2
     Added Spear Pillar
     Added Port Town
     Added Castle Siege
     Added Wario Ware Inc.
     Major Revisions to Marth Strategy
     Revised Master Hand Strategy
     Revised Metaridley Strategy
  Version 5.00
     New Organization on Entire Guide
     Many, many new sections
     Revised just about everything
                                                                               
                                                                               
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|  (17A) . Special Thanks  |
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Shigeru Miyamoto
  Producer of Super Smash Bros Brawl
                                                                               
Shigesato Itoi
  Creator of Earthbound and Ness
                                                                               
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|  (17B) . Help From  |
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goohst
  Information on Directional Side-Tilt
  Wolf Strategy
  Pointers on bair
                                                                               
Daniel Sole
  Additions to PSI Absorption List
                                                                               
endiment
  Wolf Strategy
                                                                               
Stephen Lewis
  ROB Strategy
  Lucas Strategy
                                                                               
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|  (17C) . References  |
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GreenMage7
  Information on Final Smash (quoted from Final Smash Guide)
  http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/wii/file/928518/52116
                                                                               
Xen0nex
  References to Damage Guide (% Values)
  http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/wii/file/928518/51787
                                                                               
yonisyuumei
  Codec Script
  http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/wii/file/928518/52073
                                                                               
VirtualVoid
  Ice Climbers Chaingrab Guide
  http://youtube.com/watch?v=wHfGqpHBZI4
                                                                               
Comprehensive Guide to Advanced Techniques
  References to Advanced Technique Descriptions
  http://www.onlinebrawlcommunity.com/forums/viewtopic.php?
  f=34&t=130&sid=46fbe6ae98f51be9c45d22c26d72e66a
                                                                               
List of All True Combos in Brawl
  Inescapable Ness Chains
  http://www.smashboards.com/showthread.php?t=168036
                                                                               
DomZ Ninja + Triple Jump
  References to FAQ/Walkthrough
  http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/wii/file/928518/52977
                                                                               
Dabid!
  References to Melee Stage Strategies
  http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/gamecube/file/516492/15589
                                                                               
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|  (17D) . Websites  |
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Starmen.Net
  History on Ness' Movelist
  Ness Sprite used for ASCII
  http://starmen.net/mother2/
                                                                               
Super Smash Bros. Dojo!!
  Descriptions of Special Attacks
  Description of Ness
  Descriptions of Stages
  http://www.smashbros.com/
                                                                               
Brawl Central
  Trophy Descriptions
  http://brawlcentral.com/
                                                                               
Smash Wiki
  Stage Trivia Sections
  http://super-smash-bros.wikia.com/wiki/Stages#Super_Smash_Bros._Brawl
                                                                               
Text-Image
  ASCII Conversion
  http://www.text-image.com/convert/ascii.html
                                                                               
                                                                               
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